This looks soooooo good. The documentary Rich Hill is an examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of three young residents of a rural American town. It won the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary, and is travelling nationally (starting May 22 in Melb, and May 27 in Syd, then Alice, Bris, Canberra, Perth and Darwin. Check the website).

Rich Hill, Missouri is 70 miles south of Kansas City and 15 miles east of the Kansas border. Once a thriving mining town, shortly after World War II, the coal was completely mined out. Stores closed, people moved away, farms were sold. The town was pretty much shut down. But people still live there: 1,393 of them at last count. Deep potholes line the gravel roads, and property tax is almost nonexistent. The town center is littered with bricks, and crumbling buildings are all that remain of the original bank, the corner pharmacy, the local cafe. Yet there is still the dream of transformation on the horizon: if only the citizens could attract more business or Rich Hill could be home to an industry once again. For more info go to



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