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Kudzu

USA, 1976 (MIFF 1978)

Director: Marjorie A. Short

An unusual documentary about Kudzu(PuerariaThunbergiana), a vine threatening to take over large portions of the Southern landscape of the USA.

Imported from Japan in the 1930s for erosion control, its spreading growth has become a problem of menacing proportions.

Featuring the Kudzu Queen, the Kudzu Band and an appearance by President Carter, the film illustrates how Southern cultural traditions have quickly grown up ; around this botanical pest.

Silver Reel, San Francisco. Special Jury Award and Gold Medal, Virgin Islands.

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