Yellow Creek, Kentucky documents the efforts of the Yellow Creek Concerned Citizens to stop a commercial tannery from dumping toxic wastes into the creek that flows through their small community near Middlesboro, Kentucky. The program begins with residents describing a series of health problems in the community, moves to the process of unravelling the ties between local government and industry, and ends with a victorious election in which a bipartisan slate of concerned citizens take over the Middlesboro City Council. Yellow Creek, Kentucky is one of many films in the Appalshop catalogue on community organizing and civic resistence, as well as struggles over land use and environmental justice that continue today.
Screenings & Festivals
American Film Festival
Atlanta Independent Film Festival
Athens International Film Festival