The True Meaning of Pictures

Do photographer Shelby Lee Adams' depictions of Eastern Kentucky's mountain communities reinforce hillbilly stereotypes? Or do they simply document a way of life far-removed from modern American culture? Historically, the people of the Appalachians have been labeled by mainstream America as inbred, poor and lazy. This film examines the history of representation in the region and the current attitude towards it, and gives viewers conflicting perspectives on Adams’ work.

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, CAN, 2002, 75 MIN.