Harlan County, U.S.A.
(1976, Dir. Barbara Koppel)
30 years after its release, this film still packs a wallop. Sure, it’s a one-sided approach to the miners of Eastern Kentucky and their struggle to unionize, but ultimately, Kopple’s cameras portray the issue as an American one – where capitalism refuses to bend to the wishes of its laborers. Also features an incredible score of union songs.