Skip to main content

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.

See also...

Mountain Music

An animated film on the subject of technology versus nature. ... More »

Later That Night

A brief, animated dream sequence, dealing symbolically with male-female power. ... More »

Spike - A Montana Horseman

A documentary on the life of an extraordinary man, who operates a ranch in the state of Montana. ... More »

Pysanka: The Ukrainian Easter Egg

This film tells of the myth and magic behind the ancient tradition of the 'pysanky', the decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs; demonstrates the technique used, and explains the symbolism of the designs. ... More »

Toilette

A clay animation portrait of a woman who is unable to make up her mind about who she really is or wants to be. ... First Prize for First Film, International Animated Film Festival. ... More »

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Bernice Bobs Her Hair concerns the pre-flapper generation. Bernice is transformed from a reticent ugly duckling into a successful and sought-after 'vamp' by her manipulative cousin. Bernice becomes ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director