(K. Brent Tomer),
A RUNDOWN Texan town 100 miles south-west of Hope and just over the border from Louisiana, Uncertain is poor, dull and remote. Only 94 people call it home; few have cause to stumble upon it. “It’s not on the way to anywhere,” the local sheriff says, “you’ve got to be lost to find it.” Now, an award-winning documentary brings viewers into this unusual place, which exists about as far as can be imagined from the mainstream.
Both the town and the cast of characters that Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNichol, the directors, focus on are mired in hardship. Uncertain offers an archetypal southern-gothic setting, with a palette of mossy greens framed by shaggy, wide-buttressed swamp cypress trees and clinging fog. Financially, tourists are the town’s lifeblood; so are the fish that live in Caddo Lake, on whose swampy shores the town nestles. The lake, though, is sick. The aggressive, toxic-green Salvinia molesta weed, which can double its leaf mass in three days, is choking it to death.
The futures of three of the town’s inhabitants seem just as fraught. Zach, who has lived in Uncertain for all of his 21 years, doesn’t think much of the place….Continue reading