Clincho: Story of a Mining Town (Film)

Clincho: Story of a Mining Town

  •  Susie Baker
  •  1982
  • Color IconColor
  •  26:12
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
This series of interviews and photographs (many from family albums) chronicles the boom and bust of a biracial coal camp in the hills of Virginia. Retired miners and their families recall the joys and hardships of life in what was once a company- controlled community. The documentary, which was originally produced as a filmstrip, depicts the history of black and white settlement, the suppression of union organizing with machine guns and hired thugs, and Clinchco today — a shrinking community of retired people. The film presents an historical overview touching issues related to labor history, African-American studies, American history, sociology, urban development, and the American South.

Screenings & Festivals
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Louisville

This film was preserved by Appalshop Archive with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. To support the work of preserving and safeguarding the collections, please consider designating a donation to Appalshop Archive.


“An intriguingly unadorned portrait of a town like so many in America that build along with an industry and crumble in the wake of its aftermath.” — Voice of Youth Advocates
“Those who like documentary presentations of the oral history type will appreciate this one. The story is compelling … a well- done presentation.” — Choice
“Effectively uses strong visuals coupled with poignant excerpts from interviews and well-chosen folk music to combine into a unified whole.” — Media and Methods