UO - Portland
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6-9pm
@UO - Portland
Join us as we present the true story of a pro-coal activist who joins forces with a tree-hugging grandmother to take down the most dangerous coal company in the United States. Lorelei, fighting to stop mountaintop removal, launches a campaign to build a wind farm. Betty, who lost her brother in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, fight to bring justice and economic diversity to the coal fields of Appalachia. The epicenter of change may just come from the most unexpected place, the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. In the process called mountaintop removal coal mining, “overburden” is a term used to define the rock, soil, trees and ecosystem that lie above a seam of coal. This overburden is blasted and bulldozed away to access the coal below. It is shoved into valleys, discarded, much like the people who live and work in those valleys are cast aside. The goal of this film is to humanize those people, to explore the complicated issues and to spark conversation that can move beyond the expected and polarizing debates and allow viewers to access an empathetic view of a people and a place that few Americans truly understand. Event is free and open to the public. We will also have our Graduate Program Manager available to answer any questions about our Portland-based Master's in Multimedia Journalism program so you can learn to tell impactful stories like this one.