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Rich Hill documentary depicts America's other ghetto

Rich Hill documenary depicts life in rural areas
Rich Hill documenary depicts life in rural areas

Rich Hill is a revealing and timely documentary depicting American rural life, according to the Washington Post. The true-life documentary seeks to tell the story of three young boys growing up in a rural area of Missouri known as Rich Hill. The documentary is directed by Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos.

Rich Hill follows the lives of 13-year-old Andrew, 15-year-old Harley and 12-year-old Appachey, three young rural boys who tell viewers stories about how their hometown, though impoverished, is still considered home for them. The directors strike a good balance between informing the public about this often overlooked and denied White existence by bringing the story to the forefront and humanizing the people in such a way that makes their stories universally connect with viewers, according to The Daily Californian.

The boys want America to know that even though people within their own community look down on them, they are not trash. They are good people who endure many hardships. The rural teens don't consider themselves poor since they do have the basic necessities, such as food, lights and some money.

The documentary does illuminate the town's dismal possibilities for its young folk. Small town America, also known as rural America, faces some of the same problems as American ghettos. However, the public and the media fail to display this side of White life. In fact, people within their own communities shun them like the drunk uncle that no one wants to discuss.

Some of the problems that many rural communities face include: single parent households, welfare and food stamp dependent families, a lack of wholesome entertainment, dried up downtown areas, illegal drug use and a lack of real jobs that bring in community growth and financially stability for households. calls Rich Hill a film that shows "us real lives, flesh-and-blood people."