Film Review: Because No One Else Would

Because No One Else Would

Durham, NC — Because No One Else Would is a half-hour documentary that tells the story of Durham’s transformation from busted to boom town over the last decade. It’s airs this Saturday on WRAZ at 7 PM.

Durham Appeal

I spent two years living in Durham during my brief five years in North Carolina. I’m sorry to say that my wife and I didn’t get out to explore the town as much as we would have liked and that, in fact, we discovered most of our favorite spots in Durham once we moved to Raleigh.

Fullsteam Brewery, the Carolina Theater, and Durham Bulls Stadium are all places we discovered and fell in love with after we left. We visited Bulls Stadium the most (as baseball is about the only sport I can get into) so, of course, we found ourselves roaming around the newly renovated Lucky Strike factory pretty much every time we attended a game. It’s a beautiful spot populated with local businesses, restaurants, live music and tons of other things.

Because No One Else Would

So, imagine my surprise when I found out that CaryCitizen’s own Hal Goodtree produced a short documentary called Because No One Else Would: American Tobacco & The Durham Renaissance that details the rise and fall and rise again of one of Durham’s most famous spots.

The program is filled with interviews from local historians, citizens, and even the town’s mayor. Having been a temporary resident of Durham myself, I found the documentary’s shared history to be enlightening and interesting, and I even found myself wishing that I had taken more time to appreciate it.

I’m sure some of the information will be old news for longer term residents, but the slick presentation will keep you entertained and might even give locals a strong sense of pride for their town.

Because No One Else Would airs on WRAZ Fox 50 on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7 PM, so go ahead and tune in for a little local history!


Jordan Hunt covers the movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews.

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