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American Roots Film Series
As a lead-up to our November 18 Windborne Singers workshop and concert, Transformations invites you to join us to view and discuss significant documentary films addressing the struggles of working people in US history.
Harlan County USA (1976; 103 minutes) Director Barbara Kopple
Thursday, October 19; 6:30-9pm
Few films have captured the plight of working people like this powerful 1976 documentary. Harlan County USA is preserved in the US National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and made the UK’s Sight and Sound Magazine’s 2014 list of the 50 greatest documentaries of all time. Why? The director uses no narration, only the words and actions of the people affected by a strike that lasted over a year – the 1972 miners’ strike at the Brookside Mine in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Director Barbara Kopple and her crew spent years with the families depicted in the film, documenting their plight, while striking for safer working conditions, fair labor practices, and decent wages.
There is no fee for the films, but free-will donations to support our work are always appreciated.
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