Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

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A short documentary by photographer Alan Gignoux about the socio-economic costs of mountain top removal

Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes will show at the Isle of White Film Festival from 11-15th August 2015, the Speak Up Film Festival on 30th August 2015 (more details here), and at The International 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival from October 16th-18th, 2015.

Additionally, Appalachia is also travelling with the Royal Geographic Society around the UK in conjunction with the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, which follows its recent exhibition in London in June and July.

The documentary has also just been awarded a merit in the Best Shorts competition at

American-born Alan Gignoux is a professional documentary photographer with experience in documentary research and journalism. His long-term projects record the effects of occupation and displacement on individual communities worldwide. Homeland Lost – his most well known work – comprises a series of photo essays which look at long-term refugee situations. It has been exhibited widely, including at the Barbican in London. The first of this series, The Palestinians, received an honourable mention in the 2009 International Photography Awards. He has also produced several other photographic series including short human interest stories. His work has appeared in print media such as The New York Times and CNN Traveller, as well as at numerous festivals and exhibitions internationally.

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