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Stranger with a Camera

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PBS Premiere: July 11, 2000


In the coal-mining heart of Appalachia's "poverty belt," where residents have felt alternately aided and assaulted by media exposure, the 1967 murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor still stirs strong community feelings. O'Connor was in the area during the War on Poverty gathering images for a film and was killed by landowner Hobart Ison. Barret turns the story of this tragic confrontation into an interrogation of the media itself and its relationship to public knowledge and private dignity as well as a meditation on Appalachia's place in the American imagination.

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TAGS: appalachia, camera, coal mining, exploitation, journalism, voyerism

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Stranger with a Camera

Premiere Date: July 11, 2000

Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Elizabeth Barret Bio | Interview


Elizabeth Barret
Elizabeth Barret

Critical Acclaim

The film emerges as a provocative moral inquiry but also as a vivid portrait of a place and time, informed by Ms. Barret's gentle, personal rumination.”

— Julie Salamon
The New York Times

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