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Directed by: Shirah Dedman

Runtime: 61 min

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Captions: Closed Captions

Film Type: Documentary

Featuring a post-film discussion with Ashley Finley and Franque Bains of Mobile Moon Coop

Follow the Drinking Gourd is a feature documentary about the Black food justice movement. Family-friendly, funny, and moving, this 60-minute film connects the legacy of slavery, capitalism, and climate change to our fight for food security.

The film features:

  • Leah Penniman – author of “Farming While Black”
  • Naima Penniman – of the award-winning, spoken word duo, Climbing Poetree, recently featured on TED
  • Wanda Stewart – urban farmer in Berkeley, CA
  • Will Scott – rural farmer in Fresno, CA
  • Carl Anthony – environmentalist, founder of Urban Habitat
  • Rahanna Bisseret-Martinez – former Top Chef Junior finalist


Download the Family Screening Guide Created by Utah Film Center’s Education Department

Utah Film Center’s Education Department is supporting this film as a learning opportunity for the whole family. To that end, they are offering this family screening guide. Our team believes if younger audiences can be trained to view media through a more discerning lens, not only will they become more productive community members, but also more empowered consumers and critical thinkers. If you have a younger viewer in the home, we hope your family will enjoy the film and the study guide together.


Black, Bold & Brilliant is proudly presented by Utah Film Center with support from KRCL and the Salt Lake ACE Fund.



Official Selection:

2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Finalist Best Documentary-2020 Oklahoma Black Film Festival

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:00 PM

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Limited Time Streaming

Available to stream April 19-25, 2022 or until all tickets are reserved, which ever happens first.


Restrictions: Available in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada