Short Documentary on Harlan

One of my final class projects was this beast—a five minute “documentary” depicting a person or community that represents a difference.

After much struggle finding a topic, I decided it would be nice to make a documentary focused on my home town, and how “different” it is compared to what people think. I would continue to blog, but I am worn out, and SO ready to present this tomorrow and be done with class! The video says it all anyway!

Thanks for reading,


12 thoughts on “Short Documentary on Harlan

  1. This will be an eye opening video for those who have preconceived notions about our beautiful community! Thank you for posting. You make a difference!

  2. Mountain People by Jo Carson

    Mountain people
    can’t read,
    can’t write,
    don’t wear shoes,
    don’t have teeth,
    don’t use soap,
    and don’t talk plain.
    They beat their kids,
    beat their friends,
    beat their neighbors,
    and beat their dogs.
    They live on cow peas,
    fat back,
    and twenty acres, straight up and down,
    They don’t have money.
    They do have
    tobacco patches,
    shot guns,
    liquor stills,
    and at least six junk cars in the front yard.
    Well, let me tell you:
    I’m from here,
    I’m not like that,
    and I am damned tired of being told I am.

  3. Yin, what a beautiful piece from one who loves Harlan County! I enjoyed watching your video! I am so thankful for the many years we spent there and for the wonderful friends we have there.

    • Thanks! I used a Canon EOS 70D…not sure what all that means though. I stuck with iMovie software on my macbook for editing and used YouTube to provide closed captioning! I hope that answers your question!

  4. Thank you for sharing! Harlan has many wonderful people and beautiful natural resources. I am blessed to call Harlan my hometown! I am very proud of our Governor’s Scholar, Yin Chen!

  5. Yin, great job on your video! My father’s family is from Harlan (Cawood) and he moved to the north when he married my mother, which is where I grew up. But we always came down to Harlan to visit family when I was young and still do to this day. I definitely dealt very much with these stereotypes growing up because of my father having background from this area and people just didn’t understand, despite never having been to the area, but still had lots of opinions about it and the people there. All of it was so inaccurate! Once again, great job on your insight to realize your hometown and the people there are so very special and much more than the stereotypes people may associate it with.

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