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6 - 19 August 2023: Harlan County USA


Harlan County USA
Barbara Kopple, 1976, 103 min 

Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a gruelling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strike-breakers, 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 heart-breaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.” – Janus Films

Part of our Histoire(s) du cinéma series