This film explores the legacy of Harry Caudill, who spent his life advocating for the people of Appalachia by illuminating the ways they became impoverished at the hands of the callousness of a capitalist coal industry. The story focuses on Caudill’s dark turn away from standing up for the poor to blaming them for their circumstances. In the process this film becomes a self-reflexive exploration of how, as a filmmaker, I am part of a history of activism that has utilized images of poverty to empower exploitation instead of remedying it.

Director | Stacy Kranitz