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Uncovering The South In The Film “Trees”

Poster for Zaire Love’s “Trees”

Zaire Love is a filmmaker, music maker and writer in Mississippi.

In her short documentary film "Trees," her grandmother Dorothy is the star - and storyteller.


Dorothy grew up in Sledge, Mississippi - in the Delta.  Both of her parents were sharecroppers, paid cents for picking hundreds of pounds of cotton a day in the 1950’s.  They raised Dorothy and her ten siblings in a one-bedroom home.

Zaire Love
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Zaire Love

Throughout the film, we hear Dorothy’s stories and memories - and we learn how they have shaped her granddaughter Zaire’s work, as a documentarian who highlights and explores the stories of Southern Black women.

Zaire recently graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.  

She is now the Southern Foodways filmmaker there - and she’ll be teaching at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.


Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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