Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this intimate and shattering documentary is set in the impoverished town of Rich Hill, Missouri. Life here is challenging for three teenagers with hopes and dreams. Andrew is 13, athletic and devoted to his family,his mother is ill and his father cannot provide for them. Harley, 15, suffers from severe anger; his grandmother takes care of him ever since he was abused by his stepfather and his mother is in prison. Appachey, age 12, needs medication for multiple behavioral disorders. He has just assaulted a classmate and faces institutionalization. Evoking the bleakness and beauty of Rich Hill, this film enters these boys’ homes and hearts. It warns us against letting what is precious slip away, and celebrates families who fight against all odds to give their children a chance. –Cleveland International Film Festival

Special thanks to our community partner UM School of Social Work Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality.

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Friday, June 6, 1:30 PM, Michigan Theater
Featuring special guest speakers: Professors Sandra Danziger, Luke Shaefer and Ph.D. student Alix Gould-Werth
Sunday, June 8, 4:30 PM, Cinema Detroit
Featuring a post-screening Q&A with special guests: Professor Trina Shanks Williams and PhD. student Amy Krings.


91 min
Not rated
Year: 2014
Country: US
Language: English
Festivals: Sundance
Director: Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo