Neshoba County Documentary on Poverty

Neshoba County, Miss. Officials in Neshoba County say they've made progress in fighting poverty there. A documentary was shown in Philadelphia Wednesday called Turning the Tide on Poverty.

The film was shot in Neshoba County and examined a pilot project that county officials undertook several years ago to address poverty issues in the area.

More than 90 participants took part in that project, meeting weekly for five weeks to study poverty. They say they have made progress.

"A lot of people don't know that we had a 25 percent poverty rate in Neshoba County," said Harvin Hudson, Neshoba County Extension Agent. "And some of this work has combated this problem that we've had, so we're showing some of the results of the work that was done here."

The film was shot with the help of the Kettering Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that studies democracy.