Coal Country (2009)





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While underground mining has been the traditional method of coal retrieval in Appalachia, economic pressures for cheaper methods have resulted in mountaintop removal (also known as MTR), which involves blasting the tops off mountains and resettling the debris into valleys. While it provides jobs, MTR has altered the physical and cultural landscape of the Appalachian mountains and produced land, air, and water pollution. This documentary from filmmakers Phylis Geller and Mari-Lynn Evans explores the economic, environmental, and cultural tensions surrounding mountaintop removal set to a soundtrack of Appalachian-inspired music by country artists Justin Townes Earle, Tom T. Hall, and Kathy Mattea.
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Wonderful documentary that shows both sides of the arguement. If these communities are to stand a chance, reinvestment has to become priority 1. How is it that a region that produces billions are the poorest areas in our nation? Something must be done for the people and the land.

Zandra Ellis
Zandra Ellis

A Balanced and thorough documentary about Mountain Top Removal that doesn't skirt around the tough realities of the issue. This film hits the reality of its subject with uncompromising depth, while never sacrificing truth for conviction.

Patrick Felton
Patrick Felton

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