by Chad A. Stevens

Friday, Sept 25, 7pm – Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

(66 min, USA, 2015)

Closed-captioned in English

Overburden website

It’s not easy to take sides when the only option for a decent wage means putting your life, your home and your community at risk. After a coal mining disaster kills her brother, Betty Harrah, a fiery pro-coal activist, joins forces with Lorelei Scarbro, a tenacious environmentalist, to take on an industry that has divided West Virginia for decades. Their two lives intertwine as they unite to launch the first wind farm in coal country and to rebuild their fractured community. Decades after Barbara Kopple filmed Harlan County, USA, the coal industry is now facing extinction, and with an increase in alternative energy and the work of these two courageous women, the epicenter of change may just come from the most unexpected place, the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Introduction and Q&A

Introduction and panel discussion with director Chad A. Stevens and Professor Matt Huber (Geography)

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.


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