Saw an article about Hollow on Appalachian History, and lo and behold, the filmmaker has a Tumblr. My dad’s family gave up their lives as lumber and coal workers in the early 60s to find jobs in Virginia, which is the only reason I’m not staring at beautiful mountains right now. But shades of West Virginia can definitely be seen in who I am and how I was raised, and I love that someone is tackling the subject from an inside perspective.
“Despite the rich and unique history, a lot of national media portrayals of Southern West Virginia and Appalachia focus solely on the negative aspects of our culture. This surface-level reporting increases stereotypes and affects the local knowledge and identity of the community. I believe it is time that we let the community take control of their identity and allow them to amplify their own voices and ideas.” — Elaine McMillion
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