Appalshop at 50
Directed by Anne Lewis
“A concise and moving portrayal of an activist.” —John McCluskey, Chair, Afro-American Studies, Indiana University
Evelyn Williams is a portrait of a woman who was many things: a coal miner’s daughter and wife; a domestic worker and mother of nine; a college student in her 50s, a community organizer; and an Appalachian African American. Above all, she was a woman whose awareness of class and race oppression has led her to a lifetime of activism. Capturing her in her 80s, the film follows Evelyn as she battled to save her land in Eastern Kentucky from destruction by a large oil and gas firm.
The documentary portrays a fascinating and dynamic personality whose keen sense of communal and family history influenced her determination. Through her story, Evelyn made important connections between civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental concerns. 1995, U.S., video, 28 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Introduced by Burt Lauderdale, Executive Director, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
Appalshop at 50 is a year-long celebration of the non-profit organization based in Whitesburg, KY dedicated to production and presentation of the stories about Appalachia that commercial media doesn’t tell by challenging stereotypes, supporting grassroot efforts to achieve justice and equity, and celebrating cultural diversity. As part of the Speed’s celebration of the art of Kentucky, we will present work from Appalshop at one Owsley Free Sunday each month throughout 2019.