In a town that prides itself on marching to a different drummer, Arthur J. Robinson is a minor local celebrity who has been plying his trade in his own unique way for decades. In his native New Orleans, Robinson is nicknamed "Mr. Okra," and he's the city's best-known traveling produce salesman. Each morning, Robinson loads up his brightly painted pick-up truck with fresh fruits and vegetables and slowly winds his way through the neighborhoods of Bywater, Tremé and the 9th Ward, singing out what items he has available that day through a bullhorn and stopping periodically to make his sales. Robinson is at once a colorful, gently eccentric character and a link to a time when shopping had more to do with community than major chain stores. Filmmaker T.G. Herrington profiles Robinson and follows him as he makes his rounds in the documentary Mr. Okra, which was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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