Video from Allendale, SC, one of the 10 poorest counties in the US. Invited by Joey, who’s involved in church community programs including a soccer camp organized for kids during spring break. This is possibly one of the most difficult videos I’ve had to piece together till now.
During our stay, there were two sensitive and possibly contentious dimensions that emerged and which I wish to share: first, we were invited there by a community and church member, and it was important to him and to the other volunteers that the depiction of Allendale was not one of poverty, but rather of a community hard at work towards its resurgence. Secondly, because this program was organized through church, faith and religion appeared recurrently in many of the answers of the volunteers we spoke to.
I will let you decide how these have been addressed in the video. How then to adequately portray the community, including new-found friends who took us in to their own homes? This is not journalism. But it’s important for the project’s approach that we remain open-minded and fair. It’s about being respectful to our friends and hosts, it’s also about being true to ourselves.
Music by Brian R.