Mine War on Blackberry Creek (Film)

Mine War on Blackberry Creek

  •  Anne Lewis
  •  1986
  • Color IconColor
  •  29:00
  •  3/4" U-matic video
Film Description
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 of the AFL-CIO, expresses union values.

Screenings & Festivals
  • American Film Festival
  • Athens International Film Festival
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
  • Global Village Documentary Festival

Reviews

“A vivid picture of the destructive nature of current social, justice, and economic systems.” — Ntsiki Kabane-Langford, 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 … 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, Expo XXI