Film: Moundsville

Moundsville (2018) a documentary feature film by John W. Miller and David Bernabo, which The Atlantic calls “fresh and valuable”, is the biography of a classic American town in the age of Trump. Told through the voices of residents, it sidesteps clichés — like opioids, coal, and Trump — and traces the town’s story from the Native American burial mound it’s named after, through the rise and fall of industry — including giants like Fostoria glass and the Marx toy plant (Rock’em Sock’em robots!) — to the age of WalMart and shale gas, and a new generation figuring it all out.

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