The Last Mountain
Mining in the Appalachian mountains of the eastern U.S. has long enriched the coal companies and impoverished the mountain people. No longer content to dig deep into the earth, they now remove whole mountains to uncover this black gold. The forests and rocks are called overburden to be stripped away, filling adjacent valleys and streams. The people who live there are also overburden to be removed. The film The Last Mountain looks at this controversial mining practice of mountaintop removal. To date 500 of Appalachia’s mountains have been flattened.
Narrated in part by Robert F. Kennedy and featuring a cast of activists and experts, this film documents the fight of West Virginians to save their mountains and streams and build a wind farm instead of strip mining for the polluting energy of coal.
The Last Mountain 2011 95 min