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The Gut (working title)

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Set in a small, blue-collar Vermont city pulling itself out of the opioid epidemic, The Gut (working title) begins with Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras as he fights to resettle Syrian refugees in the town. The Rutland community sharply divides into those who embrace resettlement as an engine for economic growth and diversity for a white and graying town, and those who fear that Middle Eastern newcomers will seed terrorism and drain social services. Closely following Mayor Louras and a small ensemble of intersecting characters over two years in both the Middle East and New England, this verite feature-length documentary explores what will change – for everyone – when small town America meets the Syrian civil war.

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