"The Last Mountain" documentary screening
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the documentary film "The Last Mountain," written, directed, and produced by Bill Haney, will be shown at Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre. The free screening is at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by REACT to FILM and Pacific's Communication department. REACT to FILM is a non-profit organization that showcases the best documentary films to activate young people around critical social issues.
The Last Mountain depicts the battle for America's energy future and the enormous health and economic consequences of coal mining for local citizens. Due to America's excessive need for energy, the burning and mining of coal has grown tremendously, especially in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. A small group of local citizens have taken a stand against Big Coal corporations, such as Massey Energy, in hopes to discontinue the disastrous effects of Mountain Top Removal. The film's director, Bill Haney, states, "In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many."
The Last Mountain displays the connections between Big Coal Corporations, politics, and the surplus of cash that flows through the industry. Featured in this film is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is known for his tireless efforts toward environmental protection. He states, "Coal can't function in a free-market, capitalist system. The industry survives by political clout used to escape the discipline of the free market and force the public to pay its production costs. It needs billions of dollars in subsidies every year in order to survive in the marketplace." The Last Mountain displays the immense power that ordinary patriotic citizens can have to take action for what they truly believe in.