Throughout the documentary, the power and the unity of the women in the lives of the miners is undeniable. This 104-minute film has probably had more written about it than any documentary of the last 40 years that did not have the Holocaust as its subject or was helmed by Michael Moore. Beyond the direct economic issues of wages and benefits, the miners' grievances included long standing inherent problems with the coal mining industry in the United States in general, such as health issues most specifically with black lung from inhaling coal dust, and other more acute dangers, an explosion at Consolidated Coal's Mannington Mine in Farmington, West Virginia a few years earlier which killed seventy-eight of eighty-two people working in the mine itself at the time. 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. One detail struck me with curious strength. The original theatrical trailer is a good highlight summary of the film, and the booklet features two mediocre essays, one on the film, by film critic Paul Arthur, and one on the music, by music journalist Jon Weisberger. There is a 14-minute long clip from a 2005 Sundance Film Festival panel hosted by Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert, Kopple, and some of the film crew.
Still, the overall package is almost as good as the film itself. Major Silas Harlan: His Life and Times. The Making of Harlan County U. Harlan County courthouse in Harlan Location within the U. At the time of his death, Harlan was engaged to Sarah Caldwell, who later married his brother James and was the grandmother of. They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History.
With the exception of 's victories in 1952 and 1956 and 's landslide re-election in 1972 in which it gave 59. Shockingly, most look better as they have aged—likely because of the healthcare and dental benefits their strike won for them. And its end, recognizing that, although the miners won their strikes, their struggles go on few miners could then afford to retire when most folk do , is pitch perfect. And so much so that when she misfires, as with her 1998 film on Woody Allen, Wild Man Blues, a critic may still give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe my friends will see it. He served under in the of 1778—79 against the British.
The filmmakers lived in miners' homes, walked the picket line, and were shot at when negotiations deadlocked and violence erupted. The film captures the dire poverty of the miners and their families, and their bitter and violent struggles against both Eastover and union-busting scabs and thugs. Rating: This Oscar-winning documentary by Barbara Kopple chronicles the 1973 strike by Brookside mine workers in Harlan County, Kentucky, using actual footage of the events. As of the , the population was 29,278. Directed and produced by , who has long been an advocate of workers' rights, Harlan County, U. Supplemented by documentation of the mine workers's historical struggle in the form of interviews and stock footage, the film successfully captures the plight of the underdog mining community. 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.
Harlan County is well-known in and music, having produced many prominent musicians. Kopple and Perry spent 18 months in Harlan County, filming what happened as it happened. It is the small scale of the bribe that hit me, demonstrating how desperately poor these workers are. The county was reduced in size when was formed in 1842 using a part of Harlan's territory; it was further reduced when was formed on August 1, 1867, from parts of it and Knox County. The school nickname is Black Bears, reflecting the area's increasing population. Archived from on January 2, 2016. The miners were concerned that accepting such a provision in the agreement would limit their influence over local working conditions.
Even in 's landslide re-election of 1984, Harlan County voted 51. It is the site of the annual Kentucky Black Bear Festival. From the late eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth century, Harlan County and nearby counties were settled by numerous persons of multiracial descent, with African, European and often Native American ancestors. At first, no one in Harlan County knew what Kopple was doing when she showed up on the picket line. This rightward trend continued in 2008, when Republican Presidential Candidate received 72. Archived from on January 23, 2011.
They continue to demonstrate in order to secure a living wage and a better life for themselves and their families. Maybe the Whitney Museum will show it. Harlan became one of the poorest counties in the United States. The county was the subject of the film 1976 , which documented strikes and organizing during a second major period of labor unrest in the 1970s. By 2016, more than half of the county's income came from transfers from the Federal government such as Social Security, Medicare and Food Stamps. Archived from on October 14, 2008.
My daddy was a miner And I'm a miner's son And I'll stick with the union Till every battle's won They say in Harlan County There are no neutrals there You'll either be a union man Or a thug for J. The age distribution was 25. This moment, more than any other, finally forces the strikers and the management to come to the bargaining table. There are others, just as valid. The filmmakers immersed themselves in the struggle, capturing fierce altercations and heated meetings between the women of the town, the striking miners, and those attempting to break up the strike.
The scene where strikers go to New York City, and one gets schooled in how poorly they have it by a New York flatfoot, is priceless. Archived from on May 31, 2011. The average household size was 2. Ironically, it only manifests the vision that Kopple had all those decades ago. The show is filmed in California, however, not in Kentucky. The people had to line their walls with mattresses. Other than the commentary, there are welcome features, such as a 20-minute long documentary about the documentary.
In the city of Harlan, restaurants seating 100+ may serve alcoholic beverages. Harlan County Courthouse The area presently bounded by Kentucky state lines was a part of the U. Last accessed: February 14, 2011. When miners at the Brookside Mine in went on strike in June 1973, Kopple went there to film the strike against which the had helped to organize. Unemployment has been as high as 20 percent September 1995 and has consistently been higher than the U. Moreover, the average longevity in Harlan County declined by 0.