The Last Mountain Is Now on DVD
If there’s anything we can learn from Docurama Films’ November 1, 2011, DVD releases, it’s that we can’t count on our government to protect us. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Another thing we learn, though, is that we can count on Big Business to screw us over on a regular basis. Oh…you knew that, too?
One of the documentaries streeting on November 1 is Hot Coffee, an expose of tort reform and mandatory arbitration clauses. More of us are affected by mandatory arbitration clauses, simply because we have cell phones and credit cards (silly us!), but tort reform can hurt us at times when we can least afford to be hurt.
The Last Mountain from filmmaker Bill Haney is an exploration of the devastation big coal corporations inflict on the mountains of West Virginia (see my review here). Daily, 2500 tons of explosive are detonated in West Virginia. Despite environmental and health hazards, this method of coal removal that eliminates local jobs seems immune to government intervention.
Interviews with local activists and footage of Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s campaign against Mountain Top Removal emphasize the many problems associated with this method of mining. Protestors, politicians, and coal corporation employees and spokespersons were interviewed for this documentary that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Festival.