May 25, 2015
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – The Sierra Club and AFL-CIO are joining forces with the Workers Unite! Film Festival this week to bring audiences the world premiere of a compelling new documentary called, “Blood On The Mountain” at the Anthology Film Archives.
“Blood On The Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from corporate industrial control in West Virginia, as well as the ripple effects being felt by American workers far and wide.
The film presents a striking portrait of a fractured population exploited and besieged by corporate interests and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. It details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the abundant natural resources of their land. View an excerpt from the film here.
According to the producers, “Blood On The Mountain” is serving as a bridge that fosters collaboration on a grand scale between many working partners fighting for the rights of Appalachians, as well as the protection of natural resources, the environment and, indeed, all American workers.
“These struggles must be fought over and over again with the understanding that complacency leads to exploitation and that we must ever be on guard to protect those rights,” the producers said ahead of Tuesday’s premiere.
“Blood On The Mountain” arrives at a critical moment in history where both coal reserves and jobs are in the decline, leaving state and federal policymakers with the task of trying to chart the way forward to a sustainable economic future.
“Blood On The Mountain” premiers on Tuesday, May 26, at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue. Start time is 7 p.m. General admission tickets are available here.