The White Family Tree.
The Whites were featured in the 2009 documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.
Amazing film. At first it seems like a redneck exploitation film. Then you get deeper in, and you see that what they’re really doing is painting a gruesome picture of the disturbed psyche of Appalachian coal country. Specifically, the legacy of a family once known as masters of Appalachian folk dance, now infamous as gun-toting, gas-huffing, pill-popping, speed freak outlaws. In other words, terrifically sad.
The Whites are the product of an environment in which mountains are literally sawed off, sliced open like a piece of fruit, to extract the coal they contain. The Appalachian hills haven’t been so much mined as they have been mowed over. 
Who survives this? What will remain when all the mountains are flattened, and all the coal’s gone? 
The Whites, I’m certain.

The White Family Tree.

The Whites were featured in the 2009 documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.

Amazing film. At first it seems like a redneck exploitation film. Then you get deeper in, and you see that what they’re really doing is painting a gruesome picture of the disturbed psyche of Appalachian coal country. Specifically, the legacy of a family once known as masters of Appalachian folk dance, now infamous as gun-toting, gas-huffing, pill-popping, speed freak outlaws. In other words, terrifically sad.

The Whites are the product of an environment in which mountains are literally sawed off, sliced open like a piece of fruit, to extract the coal they contain. The Appalachian hills haven’t been so much mined as they have been mowed over. 

Who survives this? What will remain when all the mountains are flattened, and all the coal’s gone?

The Whites, I’m certain.

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