Born in the mold of such sociological documentaries as Michael Apted's Up series and Stefan Jarl's Sociala Arvet, acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker David Sutherland's six-hour PBS documentary Country Boys follows the lives of two Appalachian boys, Chris Johnson and Cody Perkins, over a three-year span, as they come of age in rural eastern Kentucky between 1999 (when both were 15) to 2002 (when both were 18). With the two boys growing up in severely dysfunctional environments -- Perkins' father murdered his mother; Johnson's father is an alcoholic, his mother struggling to cope financially -- and both burdened with severe learning disabilities, Sutherland pulls his audience inside of each boy's life and reveals the hopes, disappointments, frustrations, and successes of his subjects as the young men broach college age.
Closed Caption; Interview with David Sutherland; Interviews with Chris and Cody; Deleted scenes; Music from the film; Discussion guide
I saw this documentary when it was shown earlier this year on PBS & I am still thinking about Chris & Cody & wonder how they're doing. I can't express how much this film touched me. It's a magnificent piece of work. Thank you, David Sutherland, AND Chris & Cody!
I really got hooked on this documentary when it aired on PBS. Its a heart felt story about two boys that have the odds stacked against them. Both have learning disabilities and come from dysfunctional families but I really was shocked when Chris graduated from high school. He had the biggest learning disability, not believing in his self. My friends and I wwre so happy when he graduated, we though a keg party!