We Are Arabbers (2004)

We Are Arabbers follows the horse-and-wagon produce vendors along the streets of Baltimore, Maryland as they struggle to make a living and maintain their unique culture. Once an integral part of society, hucksters, hawkers and peddlers distributed goods and services throughout the cities of America announcing their trade with a holler or song. Today, only a handful remain to share their moving stories, revealing their hidden network of back alley stables. Along this journey, we meet the old-timers, their contemporaries and customers, the Scottish ferrier, the Amish wheelwrights and the Mennonite harness-makers. The arabbers continue their heritage into the twenty-first century. Do you know who they are? Do you know their history?

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Film Details

  • Film by: Joy Lusco Kecken , Scott Kecken
  • Produced by: Scott Kecken and Joy Lusco Kecken
  • Cinematographer: Scott Kecken
  • Sound: G.T. Keplinger
  • Editor: Scott Kecken
  • Other Credits: Composer; Lorraine Whittlesey, Post Sound Mix; David Crandall, Grip/Video Assist; Gabriel Goodenough, Production Assistant; Walter Randle, Researchers; Jane Goodall, Amacdeo Dumaka, Tim Cinani, Jade Goreman
  • Funding: Maryland Arts CouncilMaryland Humanities Council
  • Original Format: DVCam: Sony
  • ©
  • 1 hr 21 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    African American CultureCustomsFoodwaysNarrative & Verbal ArtsUrban LifeWork