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Burning the Future: Coal in America

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $175


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 89 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes, on the DVD.

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia.

Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation's help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.

This is the preeminent film on the coal crisis on the educational market today, and our special DVD package includes an action toolkit built around this hot button issue. Considerable supplemental information, web resources and discussion questions are all available via ROM technology on this outstanding new DVD, perfect for helping educators design coursework around this program.

"Highly Recommended. Burning the Future casts a critical but fair-minded eye on coal mining in West Virginia."  - Video Librarian

Awards: Winner of the Pare Lorentz Award for Best Social Documentary of 2008

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