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Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm

Possibly the most daring social experiment in the Southern United States in the last century.

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Briars in the Cotton Patch

Overview

Genre
Social Issues, Human Interest, Minorities, Religion, and History
Synopsis

Briars in the Cotton Patch is an EMMY winning documentary film that explores the unknown story of Koinonia Farm, one of America's most daring social experiments of the last century. Started in 1942, Koinonia Farm is a rural community in southwest Georgia where blacks and whites lived together, broke bread at the same table and got paid the same wages. Though founded on the principles of non-violence and sharing, this seemingly innocent philosophy once tore a community apart and inflamed passions for decades. Koinonia had to endure years of bombs, boycotts and shootings. Out of this chaos grew a batch of Koinonia "briars" whose lifestyles pricked America's comfortable social culture. Koinonia also provided the environment from which grew the worldwide movement of Habitat for Humanity International and The Fuller Center for Housing.

Andrew Young, former Ambassador to the United Nations, Atlanta Mayor and Civil Rights veteran, hosts and narrates the documentary.

Stage
finished
Running time
57 minutes

Credits

  • Faith Fuller ... Executive Producer/Director
  • Michael Booth ... Script Writer
  • Jim Rothschild ... Supervising Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Cotton Patch Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
3 years
Locations
Americus, Georgia
Prod. Partners
Michael Booth, Jim Rothschild, Florin Miron

Distribution Details

Release year
2005
Festivals
Ojai Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival
Awards
CINE, SE Regional EMMY
Distribution
PBS-Plus
Broadcast (Prod.)
PBS
Language
English

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