Directed by Kate Levy
While much of the national attention on access to clean water has been focused on Flint, Michigan, documentary filmmaker Kate Levy has exposed a pressing crisis in Martin County, Kentucky. This 20-minute documentary focuses on the Appalachian county’s prolonged water outages and poor quality reports that are affecting the health and well-being of its Eastern Kentucky residents.
The film examines how underground coal mining operations have ruined the water wells across the county and how the infrastructure built to replace those wells has proved an inadequate replacement.
Co-presented with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. 2019, U.S., digital video, 20 minutes. Program length: one hour. Recommended for 8+.
CINEMA+ a post-screening panel with Mary Cromer, Deputy Director at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center; Ricki Draper, Community Engagement Coordinator for Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network; and Nina McCoy, Chair of the Martin County Concerned Citizens.
About the Presenters:
Mary Cromer is the Deputy Director at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. She has been an environmental attorney with ACLC since October 2008. Cromer represents individuals in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky on a variety of environmental justice issues related to the legacy costs of coal mining, including landowners’ rights issues, toxic waste disposal, and safe drinking water. She currently represents the Martin County Concerned Citizens.
Ricki Draper is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN). Ricki began working in Martin County, Kentucky in June 2018 as a Highlander Appalachian Transition Fellow with Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and Martin County Concerned Citizens. Draper is an experienced community organizer and scholar activist who believes strongly in the liberatory potential of people gathering together to take collective action and enact alternative visions for the future.
Nina McCoy is a retired high school Biology teacher from Inez, Kentucky. She is currently the chair of the Martin County Concerned Citizens and devotes her time to helping her community get clean, safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water.