Across the Appalachians, coal companies are blasting off entire mountaintops to get at the thin coal seams below, while the region's communities pay the cost with their health, their culture and their natural heritage. But many are fighting back.
DEEP DOWN: a story from the heart of coal country is a one-hour documentary about friends and neighbors in the mountains of eastern Kentucky who find themselves on opposite sides of the global energy debate when a coal mining company attempts to create a mountaintop removal mine in their backyards. The film explores the complexities of mining and power production in Appalachia through an intimate portrait of one tight-knit community battling natural resource extraction and the wealth and environmental destruction it represents. DEEP DOWN cuts across the environment, power, friendship and the relationship of people to our planet. Learn more about the film here.
Please join NRDC on February 14th for a free screening of DEEP DOWN at Busboys and Poets as part of the NomadsLand Presents Film Series. Following the film, you are welcome to participate in a Q&A session with filmmaker Sally Rubin (via Skype) and me.
The evening will kick off with a short video introducing the stunning new book Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal. The video, which showcases the book's stark photography, illuminates Big Coal's relentless assault on the people and wildlife of the region. A drawing at the event will determine one lucky attendee who will receive a copy of the book.
When & Where
Sunday, February 14
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street, NW (at V Street) -- conveniently located two blocks from the U Street - Cardozo Metro stop on the Green Line
The screening is free and open to all (donations to NRDC will be accepted at the door).