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The Last Hillbilly

Spring Grants 2020 - Post-Production Stage

Thomas Jenkoe, Diane Bouzgarrou / Feature Documentary / France, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: English / Interests: Environmental, Politics, Social Issues, Youth, Creative Documentary, Tradition


In the Appalachian Mountains, east of Kentucky, people feel less American than Appalachian. They don’t always recognize the authority of the US-government. Some of them don’t pay their taxes, even if it means doing without running water or electricity. Over time, the inhabitants of this area of the “white rural America” have seen an explosive mix made of economic decline, ecological disaster, and social violence. In the US they’re often called “hillbillies”. An insult some of them use to define themselves, almost as a provocation. This film is a portrait of a hillbilly family told through the words of one of their own—combining documentary observation and a surprising interior world, witnessing a world on the verge of disappearing.


Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe
Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe
Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Production Company
Films de Force Majeure

About the Director

Thomas Jenkoe lives and works in France as a director, a DOP and a producer. He is one of the founders and partners of the production company Triptyque Films, where he has produced over 20 films since 2010 (films that were shown at Tribeca, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary and the like). As a director, his ‘Memories from Gehenna’ won the French competition at Cinéma du Réel in 2015 and was shown in many other places, most notably at the DocFortnight of the MoMa in New York.

Diane Sara Bouzgarrou was born in 1985 in France. Since the end of her studies, she has been active in both fields of cinema and video art. Her last medium-length film, ‘I Remember Nothing’, premiered at Cinéma du Réel 2017 (Special Mention from the Youth Jury) and was shown in many festivals such as Torino Film Festival, Jihlava Intl Documentary Festival, the RIDM in Montréal, DOK Fest München, etc. In France, it is distributed by Docks 66.

Awards and Festival History


ACID 2020, Festival de Cannes (Fall screenings throughout France)



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    Jean-Laurent Csinidis

    Films de Force Majeure

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