In promotion of the DVD reissue of Mine War on Blackberry Creek, Appalshop is offering a web stream of the complete film.
Mine War on Blackberry Creek is now available on DVD.
- Directed by: Anne Lewis
- Running Time: 27:00
Mine War on Blackberry Creek reports on the long and bitter United Mine Workers of America strike in 1984 against A.T. Massey, America's fourth largest coal company with corporate ties to apartheid South Africa. While strikebreakers work inside the mines and security men with guard dogs and cameras patrol the compound, miners on the picket lines detail the history of labor struggles in the region and their determination to hold out until victory.
A.T. Massey CEO Don Blankenship, listed on AlterNet in 2006 as one of "the 13 scariest Americans," addresses capitalism, social Darwinism, and the global economy, while Richard A. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer and currently running for President of the AFL-CIO, expresses union values.
"A vivid picture of the destructive nature of current social, justice, and economic systems." -Ntsiki Kabane-Langford, The Episcopal Church Center, New York
"A humanistic examination of a coal miners’ strike, the filmmakers let the parties involved speak for themselves, and no other commentary is needed. This strike resembles nothing so much as a war....Through it all, the importance of believing in what is right, and standing up for those principles no matter what the cost, comes through like a ringing bell." -Rod Granger, film critic and juror, Expo XXI
Screenings & Festivals
- American Film and Video Festival--Finalist
- Athens International Film and Video Festival
- Big Muddy Film Festival
- Council on Foundations Film and Video Festival
- Global Village Documentary Festival
- Independent Film