“Meltdown in Dixie,” a documentary film about the battle over a Confederate flag flying outside of an ice cream shop in Orangeburg, will premiere on SCETV at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.
Directed by Orangeburg native Emily Harrold, “Meltdown in Dixie” explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century through a look at the dispute over the flag flying outside the Edisto River Creamery.
The film follows the owner of the Creamery as he tries to bring the flag down. The film also profiles the Sons of Confederate Veterans Rivers Bridge Camp #842, which wants to keep the flag flying.
“The role of Confederate symbols in our society today is a very charged and dividing issue,” Harrold said. “While it was hard to turn the camera on my hometown on such a controversial subject, I believe the film offers insights on all sides of the issue.
“I hope the film encourages audiences to more openly consider their feelings on the topic and acknowledge the legacy of hurt that Confederate symbols continue to uphold.”
This airing of “Meltdown in Dixie” follows a film festival tour of the film that has included the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where the film won best short; the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, where the film won best U.S. short and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, where the film won best documentary short.
Along with the ETV broadcast, “Meltdown in Dixie” will play on the South Carolina Channel at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 and ETV World on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.