Norma Rae

Director:   Martin Ritt
Year:   1979
Language:   English
Time:   114 minutes

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.

Rated PG.

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, Wiley Cash.