Woodcutters of the Deep South

Directed by Lionel Rogosin
Year: 1973
Country: U.S.
Language: English
English Closed Captions

Down in the lush backwoods of Mississippi and Alabama, history is being made. Poor Black and White working people are trying to overcome the forces of racism among themselves to organize into cooperative associations to dispel the bonds of their economic captors—the paper and pulpwood companies. In his unique WOODCUTTERS OF THE DEEP SOUTH (1973), Lionel Rogosin (On the Bowery) allows the people in the film to tell and live their own story. We see them in their homes, with their families, in the forests, which provide them the things that make them woodcutters— trees and freedom. Interviews with the men directly involved in the formation of the group—The Gulf-Coast Pulpwood Association—reveals the intricacies of this venture, an inspiring depiction of unity among workers of all races.

Woodcutters of the Deep South was restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna from the original 16mm reversal film and optical soundtrack, preserved and made available by Anthology Film Archives. The restoration is part of a project launched by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and Rogosin Heritage to restore and promote all the films made by Lionel Rogosin.

Bob Zellner

Directed by Lionel Rogosin