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Westray [electronic resource] / written and directed by Paul Cowan ; produced by Kent Martin.

Publication:
Montreal, QC : National Film Board of Canada, 2001.
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (80 min.)
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Other Title:
Academic Video Online.
Subjects:
Westray Mine Disaster, Plymouth, Pictou, N.S., 1992.
Mining explosions -- Nova Scotia.
Coal miners -- Nova Scotia.
Form/Genre:
Documentary films.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
May 9, 1992. The Westray mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, explodes, instantly killing all 26 men working underground. Mining coal in Pictou County is notoriously dangerous. It claimed the lives of 650 men in the last 100 years, the same number that died fighting in both world wars. But Westray was supposed to be different: a high-tech operation that would finally make coal mining safe. Westray is a brilliant, innovative documentary that re-creates some of the Westray disaster's most harrowing moments. It focuses on the lives of three widows and three miners lucky enough not to be underground that day when the methane and coal dust ignited. But their lives were torn apart by the events. Meet some of the working men, who felt they had no option but to stay on at Westray. And wives, who heard the rumours, saw their men sometimes bloodied from accidents, and stood by them, hoping it would all turn out all right. This film reaches beyond Westray. It's also about working people everywhere--whose lives are often entrusted to companies that violate the most fundamental rules of safety and decency in the name of profit.
Notes:
Title from resource description page (viewed November 25, 2014).
Contributor:
Cowan, Paul, 1947- , Director
Martin, Kent. , Producer
Alexander Street Press.
National Film Board of Canada.
OCLC:
900743935
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.