The Other Side

The Other Side

Downloadable Video - 2015
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Groundbreaking documentarian Roberto Minervini paints an intimate portrait of the poverty, drug use, racial tension and pent-up aggression that plagues Louisiana's backwater communities. This astonishingly powerful film straddles the tenuous borderline between violence, vulnerability, depravity and tenderness.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 92 min.)) : sound, color
Additional Contributors: Minervini, Roberto
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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JCLEdwardR Jan 28, 2017

This documentary gets a big nod for how the director decided to approach making this film. He gives the film a loose narrative, no interviews, and he has you second guessing whether it is a fictionalized indie film or truly a documentary. I appreciated the blended style, allowing the viewer a glimpse in to a different perspective but making the material entirely approachable. I grew up in a small town and some of the scenes hit a little too close to home but this films honesty, whether constructed or captured, is what will set this documentary from the rest.

A good companion film if you are on the holds list for the books White Trash or Hillbilly Elegy.


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