Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Jan 18

Documentary Tuesdays: HARLAN COUNTY USA

Documentary Tuesdays: HARLAN COUNTY USA


Tuesday, Jan 18
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Few documentaries rivet you to your seat; this one does. The guts it took to make are up there on the screen, in the footage shot by director Barbara Kopple and cameraman Hart Perry during the violent encounters.

Elliott Stein, Film Comment Magazine

The film retains all of its power, in the story of a miners' strike in Kentucky where the company employed armed goons to escort scabs into the mines, and the most effective picketers were the miners' wives -- articulate, indominable, courageous.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Even after the credits ended and there was nothing to look at, we remained in our seats for several moments, stunned and moved. P.S. A lot of the credits had female names, more than this reviewer has ever seen on a commercial film.

Reed Stevens-Dewey, Sojourner

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Barbara Kopple
United States
103 minutes

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.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

$6 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. (includes a $1 service fee.)