LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton Image
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78

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  • Summary: This heartbreaking documentary depicts the extreme poverty of an African-American family and their Mississippi Delta school district.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    90
    The balance between feeling and distance is never a contradiction here but, rather, the dynamic that makes this film an especially humanistic entry in the Maysles canon.
  2. Its simple, straightforward storytelling makes mincemeat of the idea that, gee, if these people just worked a little harder and got motivated, they, too, could get a piece of the American Dream.
  3. An exemplary work of cinéma vérité that allows its subjects to speak for themselves, traffics neither in pity nor in political grandstanding.
  4. 75
    Demonstrates that sometimes letting subjects and the facts speak for themselves can be quietly devastating.
  5. 60
    Froemke and Dickson's film opens a window onto rural poverty so dire it's almost inconceivable that it exists in 21st-century America.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14