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From the Ashes (2017)

PG | | Documentary | 2 June 2017 (USA)
From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From ... See full summary »


Michael Bonfiglio
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Lilly Regina Lilly ... Herself - Lincoln County Resident
Cecil Lilly Cecil Lilly ... Himself - Former Miner
C. Belmont Keeney C. Belmont Keeney ... Himself - Appalachia Historian (as Chuck Keeney)
Carl Pope Carl Pope ... Himself - Environmentalist / Author
Richard Martin Richard Martin ... Himself - Author, 'Coal Wars'
Jeremy Richardson Jeremy Richardson ... Himself - Union of Concerned Scientists
Ethan Zindler Ethan Zindler ... Himself - Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Mary Anne Hitt Mary Anne Hitt ... Herself - Sierra Club / West Virginia Resident
Danny Whitt Danny Whitt ... Himself - Retired Coal Miner
Charles 'Hawkeye' Dixon Charles 'Hawkeye' Dixon ... Himself - Retired Coal Miner
Jeff Kessler Jeff Kessler ... Himself - West Virginia State Senator
Justin Marcum Justin Marcum ... Himself - West Virginia State Delegate
Christiana Figueres Christiana Figueres ... Herself - United Nations
Michael Oppenheimer Michael Oppenheimer ... Himself - Climate Scientist, Princeton University (as Dr. Michael Oppenheimer)
Bruce Nilles Bruce Nilles ... Himself - Sierra Club


From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. Written by Production Team, From the Ashes

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What is the true cost of coal?



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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »






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Startling, refreshing, sad, necessary.
25 June 2017 | by luciananery-31733See all my reviews

In its heyday, coal did not bring prosperity to communities - in fact, when coal was at its height, the largest producing states in the US were at the Bottom 5 in economic development, according to a senator interviewed in this filme. Is this the past that coal-lovers want to go back to?

This doc is spot on in that it provides incontrovertible evidence of the vast array of destruction that coal causes to workers and communities. It focuses not on carbon emissions - a subject which is dear to some, including me, but is too intangible to most people. It focuses instead on the lives of people affected by it, from those who do not trust the water they drink, to those who have died because of suspended coal particulates in cities. It shows how deeply unethical coal plants have been to their workers, many of whom lost their health because of coal. It shows their grip on local authorities. It shows those company's utter disregard and hostility for regulations that could harm their profits at any dismal percentage.

The pace is excellent and I could not move my eyes off the screen. It is a gripping narrative. It may not convince someone who is keen on believing that coal is the only path to progress. But it will be useful to those on the fence: they're in for a shock. To those, like me, who are enthusiastic fans of renewable energy, it will provide a much wider view of coal and the damage it causes.

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