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Brian Ritchie’s ancestors came to East Kentucky as independent pioneers. Their sons worked in the mines, and now Ritchie himself is barely able to maintain what’s left of the family farm. “In three generations, we went from mountaineers to dirty coalminers to ignorant out-of-work hillbillies”, he says, in one of his many brave and honest reflections on reality.
Ritchie calls himself a “hillbilly” defiantly, well-aware of the word’s slanderous connotations. He knows that from the outside, people like him are perceived as violent, ignorant, and racist—but Ritchie is none of those things. With a series of unexpected scenes showing his family and neighbors in a vanishing world, the film allows Ritchie to dismantle, and sometimes reinforce, the image of the last settlers in the stunning Appalachian Mountains.

With the support of the Institut Français d’Israël.

Previous Festivals: IDFA

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 01.07 | 17:30 | Webinars | Filmmakers Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe in conversation with Nir Ferber
  • Mon 05.07 | 21:00 | Cinematheque 4
  • Wed 07.07 | 17:00 | Cinematheque 3
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Filmmakers Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe in conversation with Nir Ferber

    Thu 01.07 at 17:30

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou’s work is inhabited by characters haunted by their loneliness and exiled within themselves. Both raw and sensitive, her films explore moments of breach and return to the light. Her previous film, I remember nothing, was acclaimed in festivals, in France and abroad (Cinéma du Réel, Torino Film Festival, RIDM).

Through the question of Evil and borders (be it mental, moral or social), Thomas Jenkoe questions the divorce between Humans and the world in our modern societies. His previous film, Memories from Gehenna, won the French competition award at Cinéma du Réel and has been shown in prestigious festivals (IFF Rotterdam, DocFortnight at MoMA in New York).
The Last Hillbilly is their first feature film.

Production: Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Production Company: Films de Force Majeure
Editing: Théophile Gay-Mazas
Cinematography: Thomas Jenkoe
Sound Design: Diane Sara Bouzgarrou
Music: Jay Gambit


Supporters & Broadcasters: French Institute in Israel and French Embassy in Israel