The Seeds We Keep

Part narrative essay, part documentary, The Seeds We Keep lifts up a love song for the land, for generational wisdom and for the vital questions that come with making your place in it. In the film, cultural preservationist Gabrielle E. W. Carter unfolds a lush vision of what is and what could be in her meditation on Black land ownership and seed saving.

  • Gabrielle E.W. Carter
  • D.L. Anderson
  • D.L. Anderson
  • Shirlette Ammons
    A Chef's Life, Somewhere South
  • Gabrielle E.W. Carter
  • Gabrielle Eitienne
    Key Cast
    Little Apple
  • Vittles Films
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Culture, Food
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Distribution Information
  • Vittles Films
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Gabrielle E.W. Carter, D.L. Anderson

Gabrielle E. W. Carter is a Multi-disciplinary Artist and Cultural Preservationist who uses Diasporic and local food as a vehicle to reimagine wealth, marginalized food systems, and inheritance. Her work uses oral history, cooking, and agriculture to engage audiences and create contemporary source materials and points of access. Her latest project The Seeds we Keep, is a short film commissioned by Oxford American that explores a few questions that ground her work and explore her Rural Imagination.

In 2018 she returned to her family’s homestead in Eastern North Carolina, where she is archiving her own familial foodways. Her recipes and storytelling have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Garage Magazine, and The Smithsonian. She has done cooking demonstrations for the Culinary Institute of America, Race Forward, and can be seen in the newly released Netflix series High on the Hog.

She also co-founded the North Carolina based Black Farmer CSA, Tall Grass Food Box, a platform to support and encourage the sustainability of Black farmers, by increasing their visibility and securing space for them in the local marketplace.

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