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Documentaries & Special Projects
Rediscovering Little Petersburg
Ever since the fall of 2018, video documentarian Phil Audibert has been interviewing local folks for his “Memories” oral history project. He started by talking to residents of Dogwood Village Assisted Living facility in Orange, VA, and has now branched out into the Orange County community as a whole. He has videotaped dozens of conversations for this on-going and seemingly never-ending project. Weaving in family and archival photographs, Audibert has edited most of these interviews down to a cohesive 30 minutes or less each. For a taste of this project, viewers might want to start with the three-minute “Memories” trailer (see below), followed by the 40-minute “Memories Greatest Hits Part I.” Other than our children, memories are our most precious possession because they cannot be replaced. That is the tragedy of death and dementia; they rob you of your most precious possession. The “Memories” project seeks to keep these recollections alive forever.
Germanna... America in Embryo
In 1714, under the direction of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood, 12 German families established a remote settlement on the Rapidan River in present day Orange County, Virginia. At the time it was the westernmost outpost of the British colonies in the new world.
This latest documentary from AHHA Productions explores the many important facets of the original Germanna settlement. From Alexander Spotswood to the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe; from the beginnings of the iron industry to the Enchanted Castle; from the ongoing archaeological excavation to today’s millions of descendants; Germanna…America in Embryo tells the story of a remarkable community and its outstanding legacy.
Following the 1954 Supreme Court decision in the Brown vs. Board of Education case and the passage by Congress of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, schools across the south gradually began the process of integration. In some communities, this process was not without friction and violence.
In Virginia, some schools actually closed rather than integrate. But not so in Orange County. Despite resistance from some of its citizens and pressure from outside groups, the desegregation of the Orange County Virginia public school system, albeit 11 years in the making, happened smoothly. Why?
This documentary seeks to answer that question by exploring the process, from the creation of the first fledgling African American schools in the late 19thcentury through consolidation and resistance in the mid 20thcentury to full integration…a process that took almost 100 years.