DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Appalachian Holler

Appalachian Holler

You don’t get rich in the Appalachian Mountains. “They’re trying to get thataway, but they usually die before they do,” they say here. The end of coal mining left the inhabitants with its consequential problems, environmental destruction and unemployment. Making music together – if only with spoons – gives the people in one of the remotest spots of the US something to hold on to and some dignity.

Fabian Tietke


Original Title: Appalachian Holler
Country: Germany, USA
Year: 2018
Language: English
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 29 min.
Format: HD Videofile (ProRes 422 HQ 1080p)
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Matthias Lawetzky
Producer: Matthias Lawetzky (Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main)
Cinematographer: Matthias Lawetzky
Editor: Matthias Lawetzky
Sound: Matthias Lawetzky
Script: Matthias Lawetzky

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.