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A third-generation Jew from New Orleans, filmmaker Brian Bain wants to uncover the diverse history of the American South’s Jewish population. So, as he gets behind the wheel of a natty vintage Cadillac, he embarks on an epic road trip through the Mississippi Delta, the small towns and ranches of Texas, and the sprawling conurbations of the mighty Sun Belt.
It’s an eventful trip. Not only does Bain meet his future wife, he also discusses Jewish participation in the Civil Rights Movement with an activist and friend of Martin Luther King, meets a boxing champ who learned how to box by fighting his way to the Synagogue, and hangs out with none other than the great Kinky Friedman. A cult singer-songwriter and satirist, Friedman once stood as an independent candidate for the office of Governor of Texas. Suffice to say, he has a few tales to tell.
It’s a joyous documentary, full of humour, warmth and colour.
Brian Bain observes the Jewish experience in the American South as told through the eyes of a native son and his cultural cousins. A third generation Jew from New Orleans, the presenter embarks on a 4,200-mile road trip in his vintage Cadillac. Along the way, he woos his future wife, and discusses Jewish participation in the Civil Rights Movement with Andrew Young, the activist and friend of Martin Luther King.
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