Fannie Bell Chapman

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16mm color documentary based on fieldwork William Ferris conducted with gospel singer and folk healer Fannie Bell Chapman and her family in Centreville, Mississippi in the early 1970s. Footage includes Chapman and her daughters singing and praying during church services and at home, a healing service at the Chapman home, and Chapman "speaking in tongues" after healing. Members of the Chapman family also discuss the development of their faith, the call to heal and sing the Christian gospel, and their lives singing together.

  • Film by: Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser, Bobby Taylor
  • Produced by: Center for Southern Folklore
  • Cinematographer: William Ferris
  • Sound: Bobby Taylor
  • Editor: Judy Peiser
  • Funding: Rockefeller Foundation, Hazen Foundation, NEA, NEH, US Office of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1975, Center for Southern Folklife
  • 42mins, Color