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Watch From the Ashes Tonight at 8 PM Central on National Geographic Channel (Ch 273 on Mediacom)
'From the Ashes' can be viewed on a variety of platforms from June 26-July 3.
National Geographic is offering free viewing of the new documentary From the Ashes on a wide array of digital and streaming platforms, beginning Monday and running through July 3. Michael Bonfiglio’s film looks at communities across America as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump administration.
Nat Geo said it was making the doc available in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement to further the “network’s commitment to providing audiences with the resources and knowledge needed to preserve the planet and change the world.”
The film will be available commercial-free and unauthenticated via YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play and VOD and unauthenticated on Natgeotv.com and Nat Geo TV Apps (iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Connected TVs).
“From the Ashes is more relevant than ever. The film explores the complexities of the coal industry and its impact on the environment, economy and public health,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic channels. “At National Geographic, we are committed to furthering the national dialogue on clean energy and are thrilled to make From the Ashes available for free across such a wide array of streaming platforms.”
From the Ashes highlights the complexity of coal by shedding light on the lived experiences of those closest to it. Viewers meet the spouse of a laid-off coal worker in West Virginia who, while far from identifying as a leftie treehugger, knows that the drinking water in her home isn't safe, as mountaintop removal rages nearby. The film analyzes how, for more than a century, mining and energy companies have been privatizing coal's profits, while socializing its costs. It features economic development incubators in rural Appalachia, as well as the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign director Mary Anne Hitt, a West Virginian, discussing ways in which we as a society might chart a path forward. It also showcases beautiful American landscapes, underscored by original compositions from Mark Orton, known for scoring 2013's Nebraska.