Un Buen Carnicero: A Film on Cliff’s Meat Market

Un Buen Carnicero from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.

As SFA looks forward to October’s annual Southern Foodways Symposium, we invite you to look back at this film, produced by Vittles in 2014 as an SFA Greenhouse project.

A good butcher listens. When customers at Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro, North Carolina, began asking for cuts in Spanish, owner Cliff Collins started looking for help. For nearly 18 years Tolo Martinez has worked behind Cliff’s counter, learning “country” English and giving college professors, blue-collar workers, and long-time patrons exactly what they want—and always with a smile. Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher) goes behind the courtesies of the butcher’s counter on the eve of Independence Day to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America’s freedom and questioning its convenience.

You might also look back to see our 2007 oral history interview with Cliff Collins, part of our Chapel Hill Eats project.