Georgia’s Sapelo Island, the focus of a new documentary
Nick Brandestini says he always wanted to tell the story of a community with a rich history when he met the late Cornelia Walker Bailey.
“I met her, and her and family, and Cornelia and I got along immediately,” said Brandestini.
Bailey, a direct descendant of enslaved West Africans, was a storyteller, writer and historian.
Before her passing in 2017, her life’s work focused on preserving the Gullah-Geechee culture of Sapelo Island.
Sapelo is said to be the last remaining bastion of the Saltwater Geechee people in the state of Georgia.
On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Brandestini and Taylor Segrest talked with program host Rose Scott about collaborating with Baliey to create their latest film documentary for “America ReFramed,” “Sapelo.”
Rose then talked with Bailey’s son Maurice Bailey, Victor-Alan Weeks and Jennifer Thompson about how Sapelo Island residents are fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can watch “Sapelo” here.