It’s been called a “sobering early autopsy of a dying business”, this powerful and riveting documentary from filmmakers Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman. Blood on the Mountain, available on DVD on February 21 from Virgil Films, helps explain some of the psychology behind its region’s economically embattled actors, whether they are beaten-down miners, unregulated companies or compromised state politicians.
Using interviews, archival clips and a timeline of headlines and news footage, this shocking in-depth investigation of the coal mining industry sheds light on the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. The film examines the harsh conditions of the coal industry and the haunting effects on the American workers. It is a documentary the American public needs to see.
Over the course of many years, the coal industry has transformed and impacted the development of coal. The need and appetite for coal and labor has placed a massive burden on many people including the workers and the land of Appalachia. Blood on the Mountain delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. This documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land.
The film showcases the haunting and long term devastating impacts of coal mining that it will have its citizen and the planet. The film will inspire audiences to take action towards the many issues presented in the documentary.