The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) film series will show “Stranger with a Camera” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. Elizabeth Barret, the director of the documentary, will be in attendance at the showing.
“Stranger with a Camera” tells the story of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor, who visited Letcher County in 1967 to document poverty. A Jeremiah landlord, who resented the presence of filmmakers on his property, shot and killed O’Connor. Barret uses O’Connor’s death to explore the complex relationship between those who make films to promote social change and the people whose lives and locales are represented in such media productions.
“Stranger with a Camera” was recognized in 2001 by the American Historical Association for the film’s interpretation of history through the medium of film or video. The film was also an official selection of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on “P.O.V.,” the PBS series that showcased the work of America’s best contemporary issue independent filmmakers. Barret is a native of Hazard and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
Tickets to the film series are $4 for KHS members and $8 for the general public.