Washington, DC is only a stone’s throw from Appalachia and the communities that produce the nation’s coal. As much as a miner may be attached to the $70+/hour job that coal mining creates, there’s another attachment to the great landscape and natural resources that sustain life outside the mine shaft, yet is harvested to feed the countries insatiable appetite for energy.
The Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) has been a community partner for DC Community Cinema for 6 years.This month DC Community Cinema will present Deep Down, a film by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen. This story takes place in Kentucky, but it just as well may be West Virginia. Deep Down puts a human face on the debate around mountain top removal and its impact. Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff, now in their fifties, find themselves in the midst of a community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. Their struggle is part of a larger debate about who controls, consumes, and benefits from our planet’s shrinking supply of natural resources.
Following the screening will be a discussion with panelist from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Appalachian Voices.
All Community Cinema screenings are FREE but please reserve seats or get more information here.