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Appalshop films explore the culture and social concerns of Appalachia and rural America from the perspectives of those who have lived it. Our catalog of over 100 documentary films (with 40 streaming online and more on the way!) represents the largest body of work of its kind in existence focused entirely on Appalachian culture and issues. We invite you to reimagine Appalachia and support Appalshop by purchasing a subscription to our online media portal.

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A Tribute to Carl D. Perkins

Release Year: 1984
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“He had the largest hand I ever shook‑‑with the possible exception of Ken Risner down on Ogden‑‑and I would say, metaphorically speaking, he had the biggest heart that I know anything about.” ‑author James Still Carl D. Perkins was sworn into office as representative of Kentucky’s mountainous Seventh Congressional District in January of 1949 and…

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Release Year: 2012
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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic”. Ostracized as a “red” in the…

Appalachian Genesis

Release Year: 1971
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In this film, Appalachia youth speak out about the coal industry, the educational system, job opportunities, health care availability, politics and poverty. Appalachian Genesis, one of the first Appalshop films, was commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission to document the state of mind of Appalachian young people in the early 1970s. It presents a vivid…


Release Year: 1997
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Applewise is an insider’s portrait of the Mullins family, third generation apple growers, and their struggle to maintain and manage one of only two remaining family-run apple orchards in Wise County, Virginia. The program follows the growing seasons as family members try to keep the orchard business profitable while struggling with pesticide issues and sustainability.…


Release Year: 1992
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“To the extent that I’ve made a contribution, it’s been to have people realize that AIDS is about all of us. It’s not really about gay white men or IV drug users or babies. It’s not about certain groups. It’s about all of us, really, and it always was.” Belinda Mason A native of eastern…