Charting the escalating drama in Appalachia over the alarming increase in large mountaintop coalmines, Black Diamonds is 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. These mammoth mining 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 are interwoven with the perspectives of government officials, activists and scientists. The film includes testimony from Julia Bonds, West Virginia citizen-turned-activist, who received the 2003 Goldman Prize for her environmental work; Ken Hechler, former West Virginia Secretary of State; William Maxey, former Director of West Virginia Division of Forestry and the many citizens of West Virginia. Directed by Catherine Pancake.
CLEAN?COAL will no longer be part of this program.
Introduced by David Shapiro, Headmaster, Edmund Burke School. Discussion with filmmaker Catherine Pancake follows screening.