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1.

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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"In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt--all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, [...]
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

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Three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell their stories of daily struggles in low-income communities. The struggles and triumps of families as they guide their children to become the graduates of the Class of '27.
Visual MaterialsOnline
2017
UVA Library (Item is on order)
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Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

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In Class of '27, three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell the stories of families and communities coming together- against the odds- to guide their children into successful graduates of the Class of '27. “A moving documentary which aims to expand the current narratives surrounding rural poverty in America.”- The Atlantic “These unforgettable films, drawn from across the United States, show a side of America that is rarely seen - the daily struggles and triumphs of children and their families in rural low-income communities.”- Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor, NYU.
Online
2017
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Shakespeare Behind Bars

Murderers, Fugitives, Thieves...Shakespeare would have loved these guys. Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, by convicted felons inside Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner of eight film festival awards, Shakespeare Behind Bars smashes many of our long held notions about prisoners and criminals as we watch these remarkably unique actors prepare. Ultimately, we get to see the human psyche unfold in all of its complexities, as these men, ostracized from society, reveal their kindness, generosity and faith. In the process, we accompany them as they discover the power of truth, forgiveness and transformation. Shakespeare Behind Bars does not glorify th [...]
Online
2016; 2005
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Justified: The Complete Final Season

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Raylan sets out to find out more about the mysterious group buying up land in Harlan, Boyd tries to make a profit off the ledger from the bank heist, and Ava is stuck in the middle of everything.
DVD
2015
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Justified: Season 5

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder struggles to free his imprisoned fiancee Ava as he partners with the Dixie Mafia's Wynn Duffy.
DVD
2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities. The lives of a CEO, a lab supervisor, a janitor, and an unemployed mother illustrate how class shapes opportunities for good health. Those on the top have the most access to power, resources and opportunity and thus the best health. Those on the bottom are faced with more stressors unpaid bills, jobs that don't pay enough, unsafe living conditions, exposure to environmental hazards, lack of control over work and schedule, worries over children and the fewest [...]
Online
2014; 2008
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Justified: The Complete Fourth Season

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In Season 4, Raylan will start to pick at the thread of a cold case over 30 years in the making, unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his criminal father's bad dealings. Meanwhile Boyd Crowder finds his grip on Harlan loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation to rival his own.
DVD
2013
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Justified: The Complete Third Season

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Season three introduces a new main villain, Robert Quarles of Detroit. The parent criminal organization connected to the Frankfort mafia has exiled Quarles to Kentucky. Quarles begins to muscle in on the local criminals, successfully supplanting them until Raylan begins investigating. Simultaneously, Dickie Bennett, the lone survivor of the Bennett clan, seeks the aid of the black residents of Noble's Holler and their leader Ellstin Limehouse in recovering his inheritance.
DVD
2012
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Jess + Moss

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Jess and Moss are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a summer, they venture out on a journey exploring deep secrets, identity, and hopes for the future.
DVD
2012; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Hatfields & McCoys

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Dramatizes the historic feud between two families living along the Tug Fork River on the board between West Virginia and Kentucky in the late 1800s.
DVD
2012
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Justified: The Complete Second Season

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In season two, Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family, Winona finds herself in hot water after she is a victim in a bank robbery, Loretta begins to piece together what the Bennetts did with her father, and much more.
DVD
2012; 2011
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You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South

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A documentary about the struggles of "ordinary plain folks" against injustice, told in their own words, with historical photos and films. The film covers community actions against strip mining in Kentucky, toxic waste dumping in Tennessee, and illiteracy and discrimination in South Carolina. These grassroots movements all gained impetus from the legendary Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which for over 50 years under the leadership of Myles Horton, has catalyzed communication and social change.
DVD
2011; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Justified: The Complete First Season

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Due to his old-school style, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. Lawman Givens is a tough, soft-spoken gentleman who never gives an inch.
DVD
2011
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Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Nikos Pappas and Seth Fulsom

Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Nikos Pappas is a walking encyclopedia of fiddle tunes and their history. He's also a champion fiddler who has taken home multiple awards, and a member of the great Kentucky stringband The Red State Ramblers. In this performance he collaborates with Seth Folsom, a musician and world-class banjo maker from Louisville. Folsom is also a master performer on the instrument, being able to provide solid backup for fiddle players in the old-time frailing style as well as play a wonderful finger style similar to that of Charlie Poole. Folsom can be heard with some of the finest old-time bands, from Louisville's The JawBones to California's The Crooked Jades. Hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.
Online
2011
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Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Karly Dawn Higgins

Rowan County's Karly Dawn Higgins made her start in traditional music with the all-female bluegrass band Hazel Holler. Shortly after she left the band she met a group of old-time musicians in Morehead, Kentucky, and formed the Clack Mountain String Band. The four piece group would go on to perform at national music festivals like MerleFest and Seedtime on the Cumberland as well as performances at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk and the Carter Fold. Higgins fronts her own country group, Karly Dawn and Kinfolk, and can often be seen performing with collaborator Sarah Wood as Karly Dawn and Little Sarie. This splendid performance features Higgins in rare form and is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.
Online
2011
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Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Rich and the Po' Folk

Formed in 2006 by a group of friends who shared a love for traditional mountain music, Rich and the Po' Folks is a premier old-time string band offering a lively blend of fiddle tunes seasoned with ballads, Carter Family songs, and contemporary mountain songs. Their music draws on the heritage of Appalachian fiddlers, banjo players, singers, and songwriters. While most of the band's repertoire originates from eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, hot spots for one of America's great musical traditions, fiddler Rich Kirby has performed not only across the region but also nationally with a wide range of well-known musicians. Spotlighting the band's lively performance style, this program is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.
Online
2011
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Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Kentucky Wild Horse

Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old east Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks, who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. The band's love and inspiration is Kentucky music from the 19th century through the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions. The group searches out obscure fiddle tunes, bluegrass songs, and even classic jugband music, breathing new life into material that could otherwise vanish. Lead vocalist and guitar player John Harrod has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music from more than 35 years, and he is a recipient of the Folk Heritage Award of the Governor's Award in the Arts. This splendid performance is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State [...]
Online
2011
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The Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb

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Rare footage of Roscoe Holcomb, legendary singer and banjo player.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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To Save the Land and People

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Discusses the history and impact of strip mining in Kentucky. Focuses on actions by people directly affected by mining on both sides of the question: miners and farmers. Highlights the evolving legislation imposed to control strip mining and enabling newer methods such as "mountain top removal."
DVD
2009; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)