RKS Film: “From the Hood to the Holler”: The Adventures of Charles Booker in Virginian Politics

A nice little detour into Greece for three weeks this month had helped me cleanse the rancour of American politics inflamed by a series of events and personalities and despite a Democratic President being elected the bitterness and hostility continues unabated despite the Trumpster falling from the sky. It was simply too much to endure for someone like me that strictly limits of late any exposure to US news programmes. Instead in Greece it was watching the BBC for “the death of our Canadian queen”. GAG! But at least no orange toad to look at on the telly or for that matter senile Republican rants.

The first documentary film up for review by me was “From the Hood to the Holler” a moniker wanabee Democratic Senator, Charles Booker, coined during his 2020 primary battle with Amy McGrath for the position of Democratic Party candidate to run against Republican senator Mitch McConnell who has a habit of shooting down progressive political agenda as anti-American. Aren’t we getting sick of that line!

Booker was brought up clean but very poor by a single mother who was also assistant pastor of a local church. I mean at one point in the film Booker and his campaign staff hold arms and pray to the Lord. A fundamentalist Democrat?

Best as a non-American to escape the detailed nature of Booker’s campaign in Virginia and look for generalities.

Virginia politics is dirty with drastically reduced polling stations for the primary. Who made that decision?

Booker is a relatively laid-back politician who has an ability to extend his popularity amongst a broad class of Virginians. There is an absence of vitriol emanating from Booker but no lack of passion.

Coming from nowhere and sadly out funded by McGrath he narrowly loses to her managing to cobble together a progressive alliance of voters. Quite remarkable in the Republican state of Virginia. Booker is now running against Republican Rand Paul for a Senate seat in the upcoming general US election.

So you see a decent man coming from the hood hollering in politics. Hillbillies in Virginia holler when they are displeased and Booker hopes to holler for Virginians in the US Senate.

“From the Hood to the Holler” was directed by Pat McGee and runs for 102 minutes. It has won 7 awards on the documentary film circuit and on September 23 it was released on certain digital platforms.

You can watch the trailer here; https://vimeo.com/736264074

RKS Film Rating 88/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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