Barbara Kopple is an American film director primarily known for her work in documentary film. She has won two Academy Awards; the first was in 1976, for ?Harlan County, U.S.A? about a Kentucky miners’ strike, and the second was in 1991, for ?American Dream?, the story of the Hormel Foods strike in Austin, Minnesota in 1985-1986. Kopple also made documentaries on Mike Tyson, Gregory Peck and Woody Allen.
Her first non-documentary feature film, ?Havoc?, released straight to DVD in 2005, starred Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips as wealthy suburbanites who venture into East Los Angeles Latino gang territory. She has also directed episodes of the television drama series ?Homicide: Life on the Street? and ?Oz?.