The Gut

Institute History


Set in the small, blue-collar city of Rutland, Vermont, this verité feature begins as the mayor announces Rutland will soon start resettling Syrian refugees. The community sharply divides into those who embrace resettlement as an engine for economic growth and new diversity, others who fear majority-Muslim newcomers will seed terrorism and drain social services, and many more who fight to be heard as the opioid epidemic overshadows their lives. Filmed over two years, The Gut explores what changes – and what doesn’t – when small town America meets the world and discovers it is us.

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