This week we talk about Pat’s family, who are from the area just north of Harlan County. The plight of coal miners hits a bit close for Pat. Barbara Kopple’s documentary started life hoping to just examine the contentious union election, but things went a bit sideways and the documentary focused instead on a strike. A strike that may have been a lot more violent if the cameras weren’t there. They say in Harlan County there are no neutrals, and Kopple’s non-neutrality is what makes Harlan County USA a great documentary.
We talk unions, living wage, family history, and the observer effect in this week’s Lost in Criterion with Harlan County USA. Listen at LostInCriterion.com, on iTunes or Spotify, or wherever you like to find podcasts. and while you're at it, like us on Facebook or support us on Patreon.