In 1997, a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses was gunned down by a group of teens near a highway rest stop outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Appalachian-born filmmaker Ashley York grew up with these six teenagers in rural Kentucky, and heads home to unravel the events leading to the gruesome murder. In her hometown, York interviews the teens’ families, then travels to prisons across Tennessee to visit the kids, now much older, who are serving life sentences. Conflicting versions of what happened the day of the murder, and why, complicate York’s understanding of how this violent crime unfolded. So Help You God unflinchingly examines the confluence of gun culture, religious fervor, sensationalistic media coverage, and the experiences of rural, impoverished, and mentally ill youth.
Director | Ashley York
Producers | Susana Ruiz & Huy Truong