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Harlan County, USA 1976 – Coal Wars


The coal miners of Harlan County Kentucky want to unionise and their employers are not happy about it. The miners go on strike assisted by their families and the community. Picket lines are broken by outsiders, but the strike carries on as corruption in high places is exposed. A harmless looking middle aged lady pulls out a snubnose from the front of her cleavage and waves it about at a union meeting, out of frustration and anger, which is one of my favourite scenes in this brilliant documentary directed by Barbara Kopple and released in time, incidentally, to win the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1976.

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