Dreadful Memories

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Sarah Gunning suffered a life of bitter poverty which became the fuel for dozens of moving songs about working people, the mines, and the great coal strikes of the twenties and thirties. Gunning's a cappella roots music is intercut throughout the interviews and archival footage.

  • Film by: Mimi Pickering
  • Produced by: Appalshop Films
  • Funding: Folk Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts; Kentucky Foundation for Women; Kentucky Humanities Council; Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University; Ford Foundation; Kentucky Arts Council; Kentucky Folklife Foundation.
  • Original Format: Betacam Digital (Digi Beta)
  • © 1988, Appalshop, Inc.
  • 38mins, Color