No Man’s Land: Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

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This gritty and wryly beautiful ‘fly on the wall’ registration of the 1973 coal miners strike in East Kentucky opens a unique window into an isolated community fighting for its existence right as it happens. The NYC “hippie” Kopple and her crew quickly earned the trust of the men and women on the picket line and were able to document the brutal battle of the miner families against State Police and the armed thugs of Big Coal. This monumental – and Oscar winning – film represents a compassionate depiction of the often ridiculed Appalachian people and is a stark reminder not much has changed for the American worker since.

Regie: Barbara Kopple

Cast: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks 



Land: VS

Speelduur: 103 minuten

Taal: English

Ondertiteling: Geen


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In this documentary about labor tension in the coal-mining industry, director Barbara Kopple films a strike in rural Kentucky. After the coal miners at the Brookside Mine join a union, the owners refuse the labor contract. Once the miners start to strike, the owners of the mine respond by hiring scabs to fill the jobs of the regular employees. The strike, which lasts more than a year, frequently becomes violent, with guns produced on both sides, and one miner is even killed in a conflict.