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March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Co-presented with Independent Film Festival Boston, the Salem Film Festival, the Boston Women’s Film Festival, the Emerson College Office of Sustainability, and the Engagement Lab
Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, documentary, English, United States, 80 minutes, 2023

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and deeply moving immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life.While deeply situated in the communities under the reign of King Coal, where McMillion Sheldon has lived and worked her entire life, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the pain from the beauty and illuminates the innately human capacity for change. Discussion with director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, MFA ’13, to follow. GD, SJ, EN, EC [CC,AD]


March 28
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bright Family Screening Room