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Julie: Old Time Tales of Blue Ridge

USA, 1991 (MIFF 1992, Documentary)

Director: Les Blank

The star of Julie is Julie Jarrell Lyons, who was born in 1903 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In telling the stories of her life, Julie evokes in an inimitable way a world gone by, the memories that lie behind a patchwork quilt or a yellowed daguerreotype.

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