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Film and Discussion: “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl”
To commemorate the Women’s History Month we invite you to a special film-showing of a documentary “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl” by a multi-award-winning feature documentary maker for more than 35 years, Vikram Jayanti, best known for his high profile portraits of cultural icons: usually individuals of extraordinary accomplishment, such as Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Garry Kasparov.
At 83 years old, Loretta Lynn is the reigning matriarch of country music, still touring sold-out houses around North America and influencing a whole new generation of country singer-songwriters. Her astonishing rags-to-riches story (dramatized in Michael Apted’s 1980 Oscar-winning movie Coal Miner’s Daughter) embodies the American Dream so utterly that if you’d made it up as fiction it would be too incredible to believe. Her early songs transcended country music, with her lyrics helping lead the wider charge of feminism and other social issues in the 60’s and 70’s, and at the age of 72 she released a Grammy-winning, bestselling album with rock icon Jack White. With the help of Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Michael Apted and Sissy Spacek, multi-award-winning filmmaker Vikram Jayanti’s latest feature documentary explores Loretta’s almost 60 year career, her roots in the hardscrabble coalmining mountains of Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, and how she’s recreated her birthplace in the remote hamlet of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, at her vast ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, outside the Nashville that she helped transform over the last six decades. And the music’s great too: after seeing LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, you may never be able to get her songs out of your head.
Introductory remarks and discussion will be held by Cheryl Fernandes, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
The rights to screen these films are generously provided by American Film Showcase, a program to bring award-winning contemporary American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.