Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming.
The film was based on Ross' s moving to Alabama in 2009 to live with the families he would be filming, and to almost a decade of observations among their community.( in contrast, when James Agee and Walker Evans went to Alabama in 1936 to document the poverty of the Depression there, they only spent three weeks .) See more »
There wasn't a lot of focus on the people on this film. It was hard to grab your attention when there was just filming of people for really short periods. I think if it was just focused on one or two people throughout their lives then you would be able to connect and be an eye opener to how they live their daily lives but this movie only showed small glimpses and most of them weren't entertaining nor important and emphasis on entertaining. Needs more entertainment in this film.
For example the basketball player who wants to go pro or get into a better college. That sounds interesting right? but in this film you didn't really see his life, heck you didn't even see him play a game. If i'm to invest in a character can't i at least see him play a game a couple seconds or something? You could say that with all the people in this film. you'll only see a flash in this film and that flash isn't enough to learn who they are as people. Which is what i think this film was going for to show the lives of people in Hale County. So i think on that front this film failed but if he remade it and went more in depth than i think this film would be really good.
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