single-channel digital video
TRT: 37:00 min.
Home Gown Folks (2002) is an experimental documentary that attempts to capture the immigrant experience. Shot primarily in hand-held DV, the video intertwines landscape, interview, and super 8 footage to create an investigative narrative about the filmmaker’s parents’ first reactions upon relocating to a small farming town outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Interview subjects include a local barber, family friends, and Dr. Suthon and La-iad Chatkupt who came to the U.S. over thirty years ago from their native Thailand. In addition to depicting the usual elements of small town life, Home Grown Folks brings up issues of race and cultural difference that are often present in a small rural community.