Film night: 3 rivers in Blaenau Gwent

Thanks to Tony Mair for the heads-up on this quietly epic and meditative film about 3 rivers in the Welsh Valleys: the post-industrial Ebbw Fawr, Ebbw Fach and Sirhowy:

“From clean brooks to rivers orange with waste, the rivers are part of this place. They have passed through forest, farmland and meadow, and fed the metalworks and mines with their energy. The thanks: pollution. No fish in the orange rivers. But now the fish have returned, the rivers are clean, and to be enjoyed again…

Water from the Sirhowy helped make the iron that made some in this valley rich. Noise, smoke and sulphurous smells combined with red flames to make a hell on earth. But in this hell, men found a living. All is now quiet and still…”

(Film credit: Made in Tredegar)

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