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American Hollow
Iree Bowling
Wanda: Laundry Day
Lonzo Bowling: One Day at a Time
Mother and Son
Photos by Steve Lehman  


"I've never been nowhere in my life

where you can live any easier than right

here in this part of the country."

Neial Bowling
 Intro
Family Tree
Land
Women
Men
Departure & Return
Credits



Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, out of concern over poverty in the rural South, traveled to Kentucky and lived with the Bowling family, which has made an isolated hollow its home for seven generations. Kennedy then made an HBO documentary about the Bowlings, called "American Hollow," which is complemented by a book and photo exhibit. Moved to explore the effects of welfare on rural life, Kennedy has illuminated work begun by her father, Robert F. Kennedy, when he visited poor Southern families in the 1960s.

The Bowlings' own words and these photos tell the family story with great poignance.




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