raise the dead
After his mother was seized by the Holy Ghost at a Pentecostal brush arbor meeting, H. Richard Hall began an itinerant life as a child evangelist in the backwoods and small towns of the Depression-era American South. Later he would appear with William Branham, the illiterate son of a Kentucky bootlegger, who attracted teeming crowds to the tents and auditoriums of postwar America. By the early 1960s, Branham had died in a car accident, the tents had folded and business-smart evangelists were establishing careers in television. But Brother Hall still travels the back roads of Appalachia. 'Raise the Dead' is a contemporary journey into the tents and storefronts of the region, and an exploration into the land, people and milieu of a misunderstood and largely undocumented American religious tradition.