Norma Rae is a low paid textile worker in a North Carolina mill who is looking for a better life
for herself and her family. A union organizer from the North convinces her to work to help organize
the mill workforce for better pay and working conditions. As she grows in confidence in the rightness
of the union cause, fearful family and friends pull away. Sally Field won best actress award at the
Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage
Writer-in-Residence program. Discussion led by Dr. Julia Sandy, Associate Professor of History
at Shepherd University.
Other background on the film.
About the director Martin Ritt.
A selection of reviews of the film.
About the 2017 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence,