Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars (educational)

Directed by: Mat Hames and George Sledge
Produced by: Jill Tidman and Julie Mack
Released: 2009
Running Time: 34 min
Subtitles: English 
Includes: Discussion and Action Guide
Subjects: Environmental Studies

The 2008 film, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars is a 34-minute documentary film that was made with the intention of raising awareness, inspiring action, and creating meaningful dialogue about how to overcome one of the greatest threats to public health and contributors to global warming—conventional coal-fired power plants—and how to find the cleanest, safest solutions to our global energy challenge. The film has proven to be an important tool for educating and inspiring activists, business leaders, policymakers, lawyers, ranchers, teachers, doctors, students, and everyday citizens to get involved in stopping the rush to build conventional coal-fired power plants that use outmoded, polluting technology. Mayors are seizing the opportunity to lead by example and making communities safer, healthier and better places to live. The power to mitigate global warming – as well as drive long-term economic benefits – is being demonstrated by cities across the United States. “The heart of this film is really about issues of health, future generations and the value of our own land and resources. The film was made to support the story of the Texas coalition and their struggle against a giant power company. It is our way of giving other states and communities a model for what can happen when people take personal responsibility and get results. We want to let people know that they don't have to give up hope.”— Robert Redford


  • Official selection of 9 film festivals in 4 countries.
  • Winner of the 2008 Red Rock Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short Indie and Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
  • Winner of the 2008 Wild and Scenic Film Festival Jury Prize.


“We hope that the fight we had here in Texas inspires people in other states and other countries to stand up and say, 'Not in our backyard, not in our community, not in our state, not in our time” — Tom “Smitty” Smith, ED of Public Citizen