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Stranger With A Camera/intro

In the coalmining 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 an exhibition film when he was killed by landowner Hobart Ison.  Filmmaker Elizabeth Barret turns the story of this tragic confrontation into an interrogation of media itself while offering a meditation on Appalachia’s place in the American imagination.

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