Edgecombe

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Edgecombe County is a predominantly Black agricultural community in the eastern region of North Carolina. Like many communities in the historic South there are remnants of chattel slavery and monuments to civil rights struggles. It is on this stage that EDGECOMBE presents a small opening into the lives of Ms. Doris Stith, Deacon Joyner and Shaka Jackson.

Crafted as a character exploration, EDGECOMBE highlights the exhaustion of overcoming individual circumstances while navigating systemic experiences. Their collective stories create a mosaic that details the soul and spirit of their shared space. This backdrop sets the tone for the nuanced ways Shaka Jackson, Doris Stith and Deacon Joyner choose to navigate home.

Through a small window of time and space, the film presents the numerous ways Black folks overcome across generations. By revealing this timeline the film exhumes a long lineage of survival.