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Visiting filmmaker screens award-winning documentary Oct. 1 at Appalachian

BOONE—Industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future for America are the topics of filmmaker Linda Booker’s latest documentary “Bringing it Home.” Booker will screen her film at Appalachian State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in room 114 in Belk Library and Information Commons.

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The event is free and open to the public. See clips from the movie and learn more at For more information, contact Tom Hansell at University Documentary Film Services at 828-262-7730 or

“Bringing it Home” tells the story of a father’s search to find the healthiest building materials to protect his family from illness. His search leads to the construction of the nation’s first hemp house. Hemp is a non-toxic, energy-efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback: industrial hemp is currently illegal to farm in the United States.

Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries, that is used to make thousands of sustainable products. It offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. Here in the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here? “Bringing it Home” tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

Booker has directed a number of award-winning documentaries. Her 2008 film “Love Lived on Death Row” tells the powerful story of four siblings finding forgiveness for their father facing execution for the 1990 murder of their mother. The documentary screened at The New Orleans Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, and numerous other film festivals, universities and community screenings in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for a North Carolina screening tour of the film.