(courtesy of Virginia Blum)
A new Appalshop documentary named Holler to the Hood explores human rights violations, abuse and the placing of rural prisons in America. See a video trailer here.
This is powerful work... the abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guatanamo are not an anomaly in our democracy, the spirit of destructive humiliation and torture is present in our own prisons and it is designed with the purpose of intimidating/destroying resistant cultures.
Check out some of the tracks from the movie and a Mountain Talk audio feature:
Traditional Bluegrass Meets Hip Hop
For more on Appalachian Culture:
Appalachian Studies Association
To my colleagues on the left, pull your heads out of your asses and re-cognize your alliances with rural people instead of blaming them for your losses. I live in a rabid red state and I find more alliances with rural people than I do with the urban professionals.