Saturday, April 28, 2007

Country Boys

The Frontline documentary Country Boys moved me like no documentary I've seen before when I watched it for the first time last Fall. It tells the stories of Chris and Cody, two male teens living in Eastern Kentucky, struggling against poverty and circumstance to carve out a place for themselves in the world.

It moved me so much that I check the film's website from time to time to see if their stories have been updated. Filmed in three parts, you can watch it online at this link.

I can't recommend Country Boys highly enough.

4 comments:

Jackie Lantern said...

Holy cow! I watched every episode of this last year. I really thought I was the only one.

Good stuff, I want to know how they're doing these days.

The Film Geek said...

Me too, Jackie. I keep searcing the website to find out, and never find any updates. If you do, let me know!

Chris James said...

I'm glad that they kept the whole project non-exploitive. It is easy for well-meaning outsiders to accidently cross the line (ie Idol Gives Back), but they kept it in perspective.

Stanton said...

I loved it too, Geek. I loved the two kids and was heartbroken when Chris didn't get into college.

I did take exception with the casting. They really weren't what I would call country boys, and I don't think they were very typical Appalachian kids. Most Appalchian kids don't go to alternative schools.

It makes me wonder if the original intent of the film maker was to highlight The David School. Judging from what you see in the film, it deserves some recognition.