Chow Chow by Rachel E. Harville

**Appalachia Bare is stepping outside of its usual practice of publishing only shorter videos to share this full-length documentary that takes a glimpse into modern-day Appalachian lives and culture. You can watch the full video below or open it on Rachel Harville’s YouTube page. 


From Rachel Harville, the director:

Stories are healing, and they are stewards of connection. I directed Chow Chow for my senior thesis project with the aim to complicate common stereotypes about Appalachia. I wanted to use stories as a way to capture some of the often-overlooked diversity and nuance this region possesses. I am deeply indebted to the folks who courageously shared their story. Without them, and without the brilliant work of Director of Photography, Elliott Childress, and Producer and Music Composer, Matt Hyland, this documentary would not have been possible. Finally, I’d like to thank my wonderful thesis advisor, Professor Brittany Murray.


Chow Chow


Rachel Harville is a recent graduate of the Haslam Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She grew up near the mountains of Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet. Rachel continues to be active in her community, especially as an advocate for reproductive justice in Appalachia, and has plans for future storytelling projects. She currently works to help Tennesseans access life-saving care through TennCare Choices. Rachel lives, works, and plays in Knoxville, where she spends quality time with her partner, family, and friends.


**Featured image: screenshot taken from Chow Chow

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