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Black Delta Religion (1973)

Rare 8mm footage of black churches in the Mississippi Delta in 1968. Includes footage from rural church services and a full immersion baptism. The audio is only roughly in sync with the picture, but this makes the film even more powerful and authentic. Produced by Center for Southern Folklore by William Ferris and edited in 16mm by Judy Peiser.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Bill Ferris, Josette Ferris, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Bill Ferris, Josette Ferris
  • Produced by: Center for Southern Folklore
  • Cinematographer: William Ferris
  • Sound: William Ferris
  • Editor: Josette Ferris (8mm editor), Judy Peiser (16mm editor)
  • Funding: Rockefeller Foundation, Yale University
  • Original Format: Film: 8mm
  • © 1973, Center for Southern Folklore
  • 14mins, Black & White
  • Categories:
    ReligionAfrican American Culture