We Are Arabbers (2004)

About the Film

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?


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Joy Lusco Kecken, Scott Kecken, the distributor The Film Foundry, or Folkstreams.

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
  • 1h 21mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Customs Foodways Narrative & Verbal Arts: Storytelling Work Urban Life African American Culture