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King Coal review: Moving documentary shows bequest of a dying industry


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Gabrielle Wilson and Lanie Marsh in King Coal

Curren Sheldon

King Coal

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Requisite Media (US: Limited release, from 11 August; UK: Release to be announced)

What happens when a community is sustained by a dirty industry? Elaine McMillion Sheldon, director of Heroin(e), the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary about the US opioid epidemic, looks for answers as she revisits the mining community she used to call home in central Appalachia, and journeys to other fossil fuel-dependent towns in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee for her new factual film King Coal …

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