Synopsis- Deep within the forests of Appalachia is a storied community of refuge and hope. The mountain people refer to it simply, and affectionately, as Red Bird. This mission has been in operation for nearly one-hundred years. The scattered populations and cultural uniqueness make it difficult for many service organizations to operate in this rugged, unforgiving land. But Red Bird has worked exclusively in this area since the 1920's.
The Red Bird Mission has been described as the most comprehensive mission site in the world. Nearly 3,000 people journey annually from across the United States to bring support to fellow Americans in this breathtaking landscape. These volunteers are frequently humbled and inspired by the richness of Appalachian culture.
This documentary follows very personal stories of hope. The filmmaker was granted unprecedented access into the private, symbiotic relationship between Red Bird and the mountain people it serves. Highly protective of this relationship for decades, mission leaders grew to trust the filmmaker before allowing this project to proceed. Using discrete audio/visual equipment out of respect, the filmmaker captured inspiring stories of strength and resilience.
While poverty in this part of the country is staggering indeed, this documentary looks deep into the very soul and spirit of the people who so graciously revealed their homes and hearts. The result is a story of amazing faith and humbling compassion set in a backdrop of awe-inspiring beauty.
Honors & Awards- Winner - Sierra Nevada Award, Mountain Film Festival Official Selection - Louisville's International Festival of Film Official Selection - the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival Official Selection - the River's Edge International Film Festival Official Selection - Macon Film Festival Official Selection - Clearwater Film Festival