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The Four Corners
A National Sacrifice Area?

The "hidden" cost of energy development in the homeland of the Hopi, Navajo, and Mormons.


A printer-friendly version of this page 59 minutes
Directed by Christopher McLeod
Produced by Christopher McLeod, Glenn Switkes & Randy Hayes





"Superb for ecology, biology, history, energy/environmental studies, and social studies. A 'must-see'." Media & Methods
This renowned student Academy Award-winning documentary examines the social, cultural, and environmental impact of energy development in the Southwest U.S. The film takes its title from a National Academy of Sciences report which concluded that strip-mining in the fragile arid environment could permanently damage the land, resulting in "national sacrifice areas."

The film explores the hidden cost of uranium mining and milling, coal strip-mining, and synthetic fuels development in the "Golden Circle of National Parks" -- the homeland of Hopi, Navajo, and Mormon cultures.



Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1984     Copyright Date: 1983
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-631-4     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-218-0




Reviews
"Superb for ecology, biology, history, energy/environmental studies, and social studies. A 'must-see'."
Media and Methods

"A beautiful, impressive and thoroughly honest film. I hope millions of people see it."
Edward Abbey, author of Desert Solitaire

"A first-rate documentary."
Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle

"Hits moments of intensity which would be a credit to '60 Minutes'."
Michael Maza, The Phoenix Republic


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Awards and Festivals
Academy Award®, Best Student Documentary
Best of Category, National Association for Environmental Education Film Festival
Silver Medal, Houston International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Native American Film Festival
Editor's Choice, Science Books & Films

Subjects
American Studies
Climate Change/Global Warming
Energy
Environment
Environmental Ethics
Indigenous Peoples
Native Americans
Nuclear Energy
Social Psychology
Toxic Chemicals
Western US


Related Titles

In the Light of Reverence
A stunning portrait of land-use conflicts over Native American sacred sites on public and private land around the West.

Drumbeat for Mother Earth
Toxic chemicals are the greatest threat to the survival of indigenous peoples.

Nuclear Dynamite
Investigates American and Soviet plans to use nuclear explosives for "geographical engineering."

Lovins on the Soft Path
Hunter and Amory Lovins make the case for energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Baked Alaska
Looks at the battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in the context of Alaska's accelerated warming.

Energy and Morality
The complex relationship of energy use to different value systems.

Uranium
Native peoples pay the consequences of uranium mining.


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