August 13, 2010
Dave Peyton of the Charleston Daily Mail blasted the movie for purportedly showing West Virginia in a bad light he writes, "A friend whom I consider somewhat of an expert on film reports the documentary is a masterpiece, but that doesn't mean it does anything positive for West Virginia." Curiously he has not seen the film himself.
Director Julien Nitzberg responds in an op-ed. In his response Julien writes "But why shouldn't poor people and outlaws have their stories told also? Are they not part of our country with lives worth considering?
In America, we are afraid to show the true struggles of poor people and the complexity of their lives. The Whites represent a part of America we too often keep hidden." You should read the whole thing.