Barbara Kopple’s “Shelter” to premiere on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera America has set a November 8 premiere date for Barbara Kopple's Shelter, a documentary about homeless U.S. military veterans. (Pictured: Barbara Kopple)
November 6, 2015

A documentary about homeless military veterans directed by Barbara Kopple will air on Al Jazeera America this weekend.

Shelter follows the efforts of the veteran-founded Veterans Resource Center in Northern California, which helps homeless and psychologically traumatized veterans get back on their feet.

“It delves into the psychological trauma created by military service, the effects that remain long after active duty, and the difficult road back to a normal life for these women and men, young and old, who have served our country throughout numerous wars,” the network said in a statement.

Folk and country musician David Morris, who worked with Kopple on her 1976 Oscar-winning film Harlan County USA, appears in the film along with his son, Jack Ballangee Morris.

David Cassidy, who works with Kopple’s Cabin Creek Films, produced the doc. It was edited by Rob Kuhns and shot by cinematographer Gary Keith Griffin, who worked with Kopple on Shut Up and Sing.

Shelter premieres on Sunday (November 8) at 10 p.m. EST/PST and repeats on November 14 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Kopple’s doc about soul singer Sharon Jones, Miss Sharon Jones!, is due to open the DOC NYC film festival next week. She will also receive a lifetime achievement award from the festival.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Kopple about Miss Sharon Jones! here.

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