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A fatal mining accident in the hills of Pennsylvania, the subsequent suicide of the mine's owner, and the forced abandonment of eight of the last 12 surviving anthracite mines in the United States. These are the recent plagues that have defined the once proud and prosperous tradition of anthracite coal…
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Tale of Ruin: Capitalism and World Resources
Tale of Ruin (1978) analyzes the issues involved in the acquisition and usage of raw materials in our market oriented society. The film features photography of seldom seen U.S. strip mining operations and open pit mines. Such large scale mining, here and abroad, has led to poverty for the workers…
Grimes Graves
The strange landscape of pits and mounds known as Grimes Graves near Thetford in Norfolk, England, is the site of one of Britain's earliest industries, flint mining, and its associated craft of flint knapping. This industry was carried on in the area within living memory - the craft survived long…
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After Coal - Adaptation & Development in Wales and Appalachia
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Seth Chase spent several years making marketing and advocacy videos for aid organisations in Central and East Africa. Now, turning the camera back on his industry, he explores the unintended but often harmful impact this work can have. We Will Win Peace goes behind the scenes of humanitarian advocacy and…
Germinal
Winner of France's prestigious Cesar Awards for "Best Cinematography" and "Best Costume Design", this 1993 French epic film is based on a novel by Emile Zola. During the Second Napoleonic Empire, Etienne Lantier finds employment as a coal miner in the northern French town of Montsou. He immediately encounters misery…
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In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner named Lucas Chaffin toils one mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions, Lucas takes fierce pride in the fact that he's carrying on a family tradition. As a fourth-generation miner, working inside the earth is more than just a…
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