As the North Carolina legislature considers re-writing the laws to favor the rights of huge corporations and President Trump urges that we ‘bring back coal,” the voices of those impacted by the ill effects of the pollution caused by the coal industry have been given a worldwide audience at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
“From The Ashes,” a documentary about the Coal Industry debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and will air on National Geographic Channel in June. The documentary, called a singular achievement by the Film Journal, looks at the facts about the health and environmental impacts of the coal industry, avoiding political buzzwords, instead opting for the stories of the people living in the hazy by-products of the industry.
The complex issues raised by the coal and fossil fuel industry are at the core of this documentary. In a statement, the film’s director, Michael Berlinger wrote, “the tone we were interested in creating was one of respect for all sides, allowing people to speak for themselves regardless of whether we personally agreed with them or not.” He went on to say, ”something consistent in almost all of my work is providing multiple sides of an argument and allowing audiences to make up their own minds, treating them like a jury and rewarding the audience for its intelligence by not overtly banging a message over their heads. To allow audiences to see the human side of an issue.”
“From The Ashes” airs on National Geographic Channel on June 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
For additional information visit the film’s website at www.fromtheashes.org
Film Journal: http://www.filmjournal.com/ashes-screens-tribeca-film-festival