Harlan County U.S.A.

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Harlan County U.S.A.

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Harlan County U.S.A.

Release Date: January 23, 1977

Year    :   1977
Slogan    :   «Which Side Are You On?»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Cabin Creek Films
Director    :   Barbara Kopple
Producers    :   Barbara Kopple
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RunTime    :   103 mins.

This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.

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