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HARLAN COUNTY USA

Directed by: Barbara Kopple

Runtime: 103 min

Year: 1976

Country: USA

Rated: PG

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Post-film discussion about the impact of the film with a faculty member from the University of Utah, moderated by KUER's RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Presented as part of our Through the Lens series, which for 2022 features a collaboration with the University of Utah’s Department of Film and Media Arts to present an extended exploration of what many Film Lovers regard as the “Classic Films” in cinematic history.

Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.

 


Screening presented in partnership with:


Through The Lens series presented in partnership with:
KUER 90.1RadioWest


Through The Lens series funded in part by:

 

Awards

Best Documentary Feature-1977 Academy Awards

Honors:

Selected to Library of Congress's National Film Registry–1990

Thursday, August 4 @ 7:00 PM

In Person |

Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Capacity: 300

FREE