The hard scrabble hill country of southern Missouri is the setting for this story of a
young woman's fight to keep her family safe and intact. She must overcome the consequences
of her feckless, absent father's criminality and the hostile community that surrounds her.
The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received four
Rated R for drug material, language and violence.
This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian
Heritage Writer in Residence Program. Post-film discussion led by Dr. Amy DeWitt,
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Geography at Shepherd University.
About the writer and director Debra Granik.
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film.
More information about the Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence Program.