Geography In The Movie 'Matewan'

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Matewan, the 1987 movie directed by John Sayles, is a movie about loyalty and betrayal, war and freedom, fighting for job and coming together, and most importantly about defeat and independance. The movie takes place in the 1920’s in the small mining town of Matewan, West Virginia. The movie not only shows the hardships that small town people face, but the corruption of big business owns. Joe Kenehan, the main character of this film, who is a Union organizer, comes to the small mining town to get the mine workers to join the union. But the Stone Mountain Coal Company who owns the town announces that anyone who is to join the union will be replaced with workers. Old and new works then come together to join the union and fight against the Stone Mountain Coal Company by going on a labor strike. And ending with the unfortunate and heart breaking demise of Kenehan himself. One might think what does geography have to do with films? Geography is much more than just the location of the film. According the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of geography is, “a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface”. Geography can be found all throughout entirety of the film. From the location of the film, the people in the film, the clothes the people wear, to even the interactions and behavior of the people towards one another. Some geographical elements specifically

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