King Coal

POV's season premiere on tonight tells the story of Central Appalachian coal communities and culture. A personal story of resilience and courage.

MONDAY, JUNE 24 at 9:00PM

The Oscar®, Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning PBS series POV  begins its 37th season on APT this coming week with the television premiere of King Coal, the 2023 Sundance Film Festival hit directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)) and produced by Academy Award®-winners Shane Boris and Diane Becker (Navalny) and Peabody Award-winner Peggy Drexler (My Name is Pauli Murray).  POV is America's longest running non-fiction series on television.

Through the personal memories of a 4th generation coal miner’s daughter, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Filmed in Central Appalachia, where McMillion Sheldon was raised and lives, the film documents the cultural roots of coal and its waning impact over a sector of American life, while also making space for a dream of the future to emerge.

"Elaine McMillion Sheldon's King Coal is a personal story of resilience and courage set in an often misunderstood part of America," said Erika Dilday, Executive Director, American Documentary and Executive Producer POV & America ReFramed. "King Coal takes viewers into Central Appalachia where communities depend on the coal industry for survival and reveals people caught in the web of transition."

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