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Harlan County USA

Directed by Barbara Kopple
United States, 1976


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.

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Harlan County USA Directed by Barbara Kopple

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

National Board of Review

1977 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1977 | Winner: Special Award

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