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Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple


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Also Known As: Barbara J Kopple Died:
Born: July 30, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bear Mountain, New York, USA Profession: Producer ... documentarian director sound technician producer camera operator editor


Documentarist whose celebrated films have focused almost exclusively on the struggle of workers to form unions. Kopple began making films in her clinical psychology class while at college in West Virginia and went to live among her coal-mining subjects in Kentucky to film her Oscar-winning debut, "Harlan County, U.S.A." (1976). The film chronicles the miners' violent struggle to join the United Mine Workers union and the effect of the strike on the lives of them and their families. Praised for putting a human face on a political issue, it was one of 25 films chosen by the Library of Congress to be placed on its Film Registry in 1990.

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