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November 28, 2007

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus - 5

"The South" has always been a mystery to me. People refer to it not only as a location, the south-eastern part of the US, but also mention it as a culture, a state of mind, an attitude, a disposition, etc. This documentary follows musician Jim White as he travels in a rented old Chevy through parts of the south and hearing and telling stories of religion, morality, and trying to get at the essence of the south. The film is intriguing and is well produced. The music is what stands out, featuring songs by Jim White (the title comes from the lyric to his song Christmas Day), Johnny Dowd, The Handsome Family, David Eugene Edwards (as 16 Horsepower), and more. It is a creative film that doesn't reduce its subject to a simple stereotype, but opens up a conversation about how people experience and make sense out of their lives, some through music, some through religion, and others through crime. The film develops into a tribute to storytelling and the gift it is to being and becoming human. Here is what Scott had to say about it "Offers a visual & lyrical portrait of what O’Connor may have meant by "Christ Haunted South"." I was curious enough to check it out.

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