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2.20.2011

Harlan County U.S.A. & Crude

TWO FILMS THIS WEEK, ONE THURSDAY, ONE FRIDAY

7pm Thursday, February 24, 2011. Harlan County, U.S.A. Director Barbara Kopple's film about the 1973 coal miners' strike in Harlan County, KY, won a Best Documentary Oscar and was selected for the National Film Registry. Highlighting the struggles of families living in shacks with no indoor plumbing and enduring hazardous working conditions, the film details the conflict between the Eastover Mining Co. and the laborers determined to join the United Mine Workers of America. PG. Won Oscar. Another 2 wins. Location: Penington Friends House, 215 East 15th Street, Manhattan.

7pm Friday, February 25, 2011. Crude. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger's provocative documentary explores the ongoing battle waged by 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorans and their lawyers against Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon. Berlinger examines the environmental catastrophe -- dubbed the "Amazon Chernobyl" -- from all sides, following the drama as it moves from the contamination site to the courtroom and beyond, even landing on the cover of Vanity Fair. NR. 9 wins & 2 nominations. Location: Meeting Room, 15th Street Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan.

These films are part of the Courage vs. Violence Film and Discussion Series

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