The Adversity of a Child's Life in Rural Kentucky
Sep 22, 2016
Of the 50 U.S. counties with the worst child poverty rates, 48 are located in rural America. Yet, these regions are often overlooked when it comes to visual storytelling. The short film Class of ‘27 takes us to the very small town of Booneville, Kentucky, where most of the residents live below the poverty line and employment is mostly limited to the school system. It’s a moving documentary which aims to expand the current narratives surrounding rural poverty in America. These are not destitute regions whose residents are unable to achieve more advantageous surroundings, but areas that have been deprived of resources and are moving towards investing in the next generation. “The stereotype that bothers me the most is we have less complicated lives in rural places,” says the Kentucky-based writer Silas House. “No matter where you live, your life is complicated and has great joy and sorrow.”
Class of ‘27 is the first of a series of three films exploring the lives of people in rural America. It was directed by James Rutenbeck, and will be streaming on PBS.org until December 12, 2016.
Author: Nadine Ajaka
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