Matewan

Matewan; Alexandra Kanik

Thirty years ago, the release of a small-budget film had an outsized effect on the way people in Appalachian coal country thought about their past. The film “Matewan” won critical acclaim for its depiction of a bloody chapter in the fight to organize coal miners. Jeff Young of the Ohio Valley ReSource spoke with people who organized a 30th anniversary screening of “Matewan,” a film they say unearthed a story that had long been buried.