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Black Diamonds - Mountaintop Removal & the Fight for Coalfield Justice


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 72 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

BLACK DIAMONDS charts the escalating drama in Appalachia over the alarming increase in large mountaintop coal mines. These mammoth operations have covered 1200 miles of headwater streams with mining waste; demolished thousands of acres of hardwood forest; and flattened hundreds of Appalachian mountain peaks. Citizen testimony and visual documentation interwoven with the perspectives of government officials, activists, and scientists create a riveting portrait of an American region fighting for its life--caught between the grinding wheels of the national appetite for cheap energy and an enduring sense of Appalachian culture, pride, and natural beauty. The film includes testimony from Julia Bonds, WV citizen-turned-activist, who received the 2003 Goldman Award (the nation's largest environmental activist award); Ken Hechler, former WV Secretary of State; William Maxey, former Director of WV Division of Forestry; and the many citizens of West Virginia.

Awards: Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Award --- Jack Spadaro Award, Appalachian Studies Conference --- Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association Film Festival --- Anchorage International Film Festival --- West Virginia International Film Festival --- Kansas International Film Festival --- Takoma Park Film Festival --- Heartwood's Annual Forest Council / Summit for the Mountains --- Mountain Summer Justice Film Fest

Links: http://www.blackdiamondsmovie.com
http://www.ohvec.org/

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