About the International Uranium Film Festival
Climate Change, the Peak Oil and the still growing hunger for energy of modern societies: At the beginning of the 21th century the world is - like at the beginning of the 19th century - again in the search for a new direction. Is nuclear energy the solution for Climate Change and the growing demand for Energy as it is claimed by nuclear industry and scientists like James Lovelock, the author of the Gaia theory? Windscale (Sellafield), Harrisburg (Three Mile Island), Chernobyl, Goiânia (Brazil): Radioactive and nuclear power accidents happen. Mining companies spreading around the world in search for new uranium deposits. And on the other side concerned citizens and indigenous peoples fighting against uranium mining projects in countries like Australia, India, Niger, Namibia, USA, Canada or Portugal. That was the background 2010 when we opened the film entry for the First International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) in Rio de Janeiro – it was one year before the Fukushima reactor exploded. Starting in Rio de Janeiro the festival became a global event with festival screenings around the globe from Rio to Berlin, Washington, New Delhi and Window Rock.
The International Uranium Film Festival is in fact the only annual film festival to highlight all nuclear and radioactive issues: nuclear fuel chain, uranium mining, atomic bombs, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste deposits - from Hiroshima to Fukushima. And the best and most important films of the year receive the Uranium Film Festival´s award.
Now in 2018, we are returning to the United States at a time when there is renewed interest in restarting the Mt Taylor Mine located near Laguna and Acoma Pueblos and Grants in NM. Despite no operating mines in NM in the last nearly thirty years, the possibility that it could restart is tantalizing to locals communities that face economic hardships. The Uranium Film Festival is an opportunity to provide education and remembrance of what actually happened during mining operations and a look at the environmental and health devastation left behind.
Current Festival supporters, partners and co-organizers of the Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest are the Seventh Generation Fund, the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE).
As any independent film festival the Uranium Film Festival depends on donations. Entry fees and contributions by institutions cover only a small part of the actual costs. Each donation for that is necessary, welcomed and helps us to organize the Uranium Film Festival in Rio, Berlin and in other cities and countries. Please help us. Become a friend and supporter of the Uranium Film Festival. Atomic risks, nuclear or radioactive accidents like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Goiania or Fukushima shall never be forgotten nor repeated.
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Name: Norbert Suchanek / Uranium Film Festival
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"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Philosopher George Santayana
Documentaries, movies and animations are the best tool to transport information about nuclear energy and radioactivity, an invisible danger that has no taste, no smell, no colour. And a festival is the best way to bring these films to the people! The Uranium Film Festival is a project against forgetting and ignoring. The horror of atomic bombs and uranium weapons, and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Goiânia or now Fukushima should never be forgotten - nor repeated.
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