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Shelby Lee Adams in The True Meaning of Pictures

The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia

2002 NR

Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal tells the true stories behind the faces of the Kentucky Appalachian inhabitants -- once labeled hillbillies -- who were originally captured through the camera lens of photographer Shelby Lee Adams 30 years earlier. Baichwal tracks the lives of two families who have each endured their share of heartache throughout their struggle to resist the influence of American popular culture.