Documenting Symbolism and Its Effects: Meltdown in Dixie

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Directed by Orangeburg, South Carolina native Emily Harrold, Meltdown in Dixie explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century through a local look at a battle over a flag flying outside an ice cream shop, the Edisto River Creamery. The film follows the owner of the Creamery as he tries to bring the flag down. Countering this, the film also profiles the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who want to keep the flag flying. The film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century and the lingering racial oppression that these symbols help maintain. Join us for the 40-minute film followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Special Guests: Emily Harrold, RiverRun alum and 2023 Spark Honoree; and Jim Steele, WSNC 90.5 FM, Winston-Salem State University.

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