(53 minutes) USA
In the misty folds of the Appalachian mountains
lies Pigeonroost hollow, in Blair, West Virginia. With its narrow
creek and crawdads, its wild ginseng and raccoons, Pigeonroost looks
as it might have a century agoa woody haven tucked away from
time and technology. But for how long? In May 1998, Arch Coal, Inc.
announced it would expand its Dal-Tex strip mine just above the
small town of Blair. Forty familieswhere there were once 300stayed
in Blair. Razing Appalachia is the story of their remarkable
fight against the second-largest coal company in America,
against the know-nothing state political leaders and, unhappily,
against the 400 union miners whose jobs were on the line.
Sasha Waters is assistant professor in film
& video production in the department of cinema and comparative
literature at the University of Iowa. Waters has written and produced
for film and television, including associate producing historical
documentaries for the acclaimed PBS series American Experience.
She has also independently produced audio documentaries for National
Public Radio. Her first feature documentary, Whipped, a feminist
portrait of women in the sex industry in New York, screened at festivals
across the U.S. and abroad. Waters was a fellow-in-residence at
the MacDowell Colony in 1999 and 2002. She earned her MFA in film
and media arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.
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