Blood on the Mountain
New documentary about coal and West Virginia premieres
The Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, and Earthjustice hosted the world premier of Blood on the Mountain at the Workers Unite! Film Festival last night. Here is a description of the film from the film's website:
“Blood on the Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from corporate industrial control in West Virginia, and the ripple effects on American workers.
The film details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the abundant natural resources of their land. “Blood on the Mountain” presents a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them.
Here is the film's trailer:
I doubt that we'll see the film playing at the Highlands and given PBS's rightward, corporate drift, I 'm not confident that it will be shown on PBS as an earlier and less controversial film by these producers, The Appalachians, was. Maybe Towngate can show the film as part of next fall's film series or a local group can sponsor a showing. The preview suggests that this a serious film that needs to be seen by West Virginians as an alternative to the constant barage of pro-coal industry propaganda. Hopefully, we will eventually get a chance to see this film.