DocFridays: High Steel

High Steel
Directed by: Don Owen
Running time: 14 minutes
1965

I saw a gorgeous print of this little gem about Native American iron workers a few years ago. Watching these men scramble across iron beams several hundred feet in the air, with the New York skyline as a backdrop is pretty unbeatable. But add an intimate narrative, historical tragedy, and the complex wrestling of tradition and modernity and, well, it’s even better.

Available online at the National Film Board of Canada website.

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