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September 7, 2002
Toronto
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September 7, 2002
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Sundance, Park City UT
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September 7, 2002
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November 13, 2002
Toronto
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November 13, 2002
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January 17, 2003
Toronto
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February 12, 2003
Toronto
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February 12, 2003
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February 12, 2003
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September 7, 2002
Toronto
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September 7, 2002
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November 13, 2002
Toronto
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February 12, 2003
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September 7, 2002
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September 7, 2002
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November 13, 2002
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January 17, 2003
Toronto
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February 12, 2003
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February 12, 2003
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February 12, 2003
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September 7, 2002
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September 7, 2002
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September 7, 2002
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September 7, 2002
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November 13, 2002
Toronto
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November 13, 2002
Toronto (Bloor: Doc Soup)
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November 13, 2002
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November 13, 2002
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January 17, 2003
Toronto
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January 17, 2003
Toronto (Bloor: Doc Soup)
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January 17, 2003
Sundance, Park City UT
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January 17, 2003
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February 12, 2003
Toronto
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February 12, 2003
Toronto (Bloor: Doc Soup)
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February 12, 2003
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February 12, 2003
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Production Details

Producer
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Director
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Director of Photography
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Editor
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
70 minutes, 2001

For over 30 years Shelby Lee Adams has been photographing the mountain people living in a rural region of eastern Kentucky where he grew up.
The film juxtaposes the filmmakers' colour footage of Adams and his subjects, documentary footage shot by Adams on video, again in colour, of the mountain families, and Adams' black and white still photographs.
In the film we meet the Childers, an unusually happy family who have struggled for years to keep three mentally challenged children at home, the Napier family, who lost ten children to violent deaths and live without running water or electricity, and an outlawed sect of the Pentecostal Holiness church whose members drink strychnine and handle rattlesnakes to prove their faith in God.
Many question Adams' work and methods. Seen in galleries and in books, do his depictions of eastern Kentucky's mountain communities reinforce "hillbilly" stereotypes or do they simply document a way of life far-removed from modern American culture?
Historically, the people of Appalachia have been labelled by mainstream America as inbred, violent and lazy. The film examines the history of representation in the region and the current attitude towards it while offering comments by critics with conflicting views on the nature of Adams' work. More importantly the film shows the back story to what are essentially works of art rather than documentation.

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