American Playhouse : Keeping On (1983)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Americana  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Keeping On was the only "fiction" film directed by documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Like her earlier Harlan County USA and The American Dream, the film examines a labor-management struggle in a hardscrabble Southern mill town. Dick Anthony Williams plays a minister who encourages the activities of labor unionist James Broderick. Williams' stand polarizes the community, and the cleric is ostracized by the so-called "right" people. Completed in 1981, Keeping On premiered February 8, 1983 on PBS' American Playhouse.

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labor-issues, mill, minister, union [labor union], community