Strip Mining in Appalachia (Film)

Strip Mining in Appalachia

  •  Gene DuBey
  •  1973
  • Black and White IconBlack & White
  •  24:43
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
Strip Mining In Appalachia is an early Appalshop examination of the desecration of land and communities through surface mining of coal. A mine operator’s opinion that environmental impact is minimal is contrasted with statements from people whose homes have been ruined by bad mining practices. Aerial footage is used to show strip mines, while a biologist provides a scientific explanation of what this mining method does to the land. Although Strip Mining in Appalachia was filmed in the early 70s, it remains a clear-eyed and sobering voice in the ongoing debate over mining practices today — as well as a moment in time in a region that has been grappling with the consequences of this industry for centuries.

Screenings & Festivals
  • National Film Theatre, British Film Institute
  • Pacific Film Archive
  • San Francisco Museum of Art

This film was preserved by Appalshop Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. To support the work of preserving and safeguarding the collections, please consider designating a donation to Appalshop Archive.


“A powerful exploration of the area’s most devastating problem.” — The San Francisco Examiner
"Both informative and frightening … It will provide a stimulus for discussion that will aid students in developing their value systems.” — Film News