Quantcast

Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: Coal Country

« Daily Roundup: October 1, 2009 | Main | They’re Joking, Right? »

October 02, 2009

Movie Review Friday: Coal Country

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film with an environmental theme that's currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a short review and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

Coal Country (2009)

Coming soon

Coal Country is a brave film. A riveting exploration of the environmental, political, and societal impacts of coal mining in Appalachia, the film focuses on mountaintop removal, a process by which mountains are leveled by explosives so that corporations can scoop up the exposed coal.

Though the film does have an environmental message and isn't afraid to strongly state that this type of mining should not exist, it doesn't shy away from opposing viewpoints. The filmmakers interviewed industry insiders and coal miners, and allowed them to speak for themselves.

The documentary also shows how coal mining harms local communities, as economic development is stunted to keep locals dependent on coal for their livelihoods. The result: The area stays poor, its environment ruined, and more carbon dioxide is emitted. Coal Country also gives voice to activists who have stood up against mountaintop-removal mining even though their stand has made them outcasts in their communities.

The dramatic footage of whole mountains being blown up is as heartbreaking. And the outstanding soundtrack, including the works of musicians Gillian Welch and John Prine, complements the images. This is a must-see for anyone concerned about healthy ecosystems, economic justice, and climate change.

--Kyle Boelte

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b96069e20120a5b1b440970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Movie Review Friday: Coal Country:

User comments or postings reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Sierra Club accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Up to Top


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...