Columbia Film Festival

Sweet Home Alabama

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This film explores the parallels between survival, perseverance, and unapologetic preservation. Joycelyn Davis, a descendant of Chief Charles Lewis (Clotilda), details her battle with cancer and how her enslaved ancestors legacy of defying the odds validated her ability to conquest obstacles in the way. Joycelyn, alongside Pastor Derek Tucker, express their commitment to keep the rich history of Africatown, USA relevant and accessible for generations to come.

Director Biography - Frederick Murphy



Frederick Murphy is the founder of History Before Us, LLC, a project centered on capturing, preserving, and advocating for influential history. He was raised in Clarksville, Tennessee and is a graduate of Tennessee State University.


His first film, the award-winning The American South as We Know It, explores the lives of survivors of Jim Crow—the courageous individuals who didn’t make the headlines.


His second documentary, The Other Side of the Coin: Race, Generations & Reconciliation, was released on September 2, 2020. A collection of experiences and thoughts addressing the complexities of race in America, the film asks, “How do we reconcile for the sake of future generations and humanity?” Murphy's third installment Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief and his Protégé, will be released winter of 2021. Murphy has also directed educational films in collaboration with the N.C. Rice Festival, Black Indians NC, Saving Slave Houses, A1DAY1 Productions, Brunswick Arts Council and more.


Frederick is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who finds joy in helping people achieve and retain an optimum level of functioning by focusing on their holistic health. He has a master’s degree in Transformative Leadership and serves on the board of the James K. Polk historic site in Pineville, North Carolina, the Slave Dwelling Project in Charleston, South Carolina and the Tennessee African American History Research Group located in Clarksville, Tennessee.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    17:55
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Frederick Murphy
  • Producer
    Frederick Murphy
  • Cast
    Joyceln Davis, Derek Tucker