Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice is an award-winning feature documentary exploring radical community resistance to the explosive rise of mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian states.

The film illustrates in graphic detail the destructive effects of mountaintop removal seen through the eyes of local citizens, as well as national experts. Upon its release in 2006, Black Diamonds was the first comprehensive overview of surface mining practices from the 1950s to the present. The film's choice to place citizen's dramatic stories at the forefront in the on-going battle over Appalachia's moutains lead the Village Voice to call the film "Searing."


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  • College of the Atlantic
    McCormick Lecture Hall
    Bar Harbor, ME
    Thursday, May 28th
  • Save Our Mountains Benefit
    Lyric Theater
    Blacksburg, VA
    Saturday, May 30th
    1:00pm to 5:00pm


  • Selection: Documentary Fortnight
    Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Paul Robeson Independent Media Fund Award
  • Spadaro Documentary Award
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  • "Silver Chris" Best in Technology and Science Division - Columbus International Film Festival
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