1978, 20 min., color, DVD
Capitalism Destroys the Earth
Harvey Richards first film on mining, Perch of the Devil, centered on the miner’s strike of 1960 in Butte, Montana. In the years that followed, underground mining (and its unions) were displaced by open pit mining, as technology created new ways to extract metal ores from the earth. Harvey Richards photographed the immense open pits such as the Berkeley Pit which sank into the earth and devoured much of the city of Butte, Montana in the late 60’s and early 1970’s. In the photo on the left, the dark line on the lower right portion of the photo is a railroad train being loaded with ore by a large excavator digging into the terraced pit walls, as shown by the close up photo on the right.
Today, the Berkeley Pit is an immense toxic lake that threatens to pollute Butte’s drinking water and the very survival of the city itself. See “Rising Water in the Pit Threatens the Future.”
In A Tale of Ruin: Capitalism and World Resources Richards analyzes the issues involved in the acquisition and usage of raw materials in our market oriented society. The film features footage of large scale strip mining and open pit mining operations taken during a national and world tour of mining areas in the US and Africa.
About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects. All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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Topics: mining, extractive industry, sustainability, environmental degradation, ecology, 1960s.