It’s no secret that the trend of buying and eating locally grown food has become increasingly popular over the past few years. But have you ever thought about past generations that grew their own food simply to survive?

Filmmaker Andrew Grace Beck explored this concept in his critically acclaimed documentary, “Eating Alabama.” In the film, Beck and his wife, native Alabamians, return to the state and try to live off the land the way their grandparents did. Along the way, they talk to local farmers and the community, learning the importance of food and why it matters. The journey ultimately leads them to the realization that the agriculture industry has changed drastically from what it used to be.

“Eating Alabama” premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, and has been shown across the country at the Indie Grits Festival, the Little Rock Film Festival and more. Take a look at the film’s trailer below, and check here for scheduled screenings. To learn more about the film, visit

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