9 YEARS INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL
40 Years Three Mile Island, 32 Years Goiânia, 33 Years Chernobyl, 8 Years Fukushima, 9 Years International Uranium Film Festival
In 2010 a few months before the Fukushima reactor exploded, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) was founded in Rio de Janeiro by German journalist Norbert G. Suchanek and Brazllian social scientist Marcia Gomes de Oliveira. It is the first film festival of its kind that addresses all nuclear and radioactive issues: From Hiroshima to Fukushima, from uranium mining to nuclear waste. This educational event merges art, ecology, environmentalism, and environmental justice as it informs the public about risks and history of uranium mining and milling, nuclear power issues, nuclear weapons, and the whole nuclear fuel cycle. The dynamic media of film and video allow organizers and festival participants to educate and activate the international public as it brings together cultures and generations around the effects of radioactivity and radioactive materials. „No matter if you are in favor or against the use of nuclear power or uranium: all people should be informed about the risks“, stated Suchanek.
Over the past nine years the International Uranium Film Festival has successfully organized more than 60 festivals in 8 countries around the world. It brought far more than 250 atomic films to over 40 cities and showed them in cinemas, cultural centers and universities. The festival not only took place annually in Rio de Janeiro, but was also already twice in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, twice in Window Rock, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, it was 8 times in Berlin, it was in New York, Washington and Hollywood, in Quebec City and Montreal, in Lisbon and even in Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Photo: The Uranium Film Festival in Hyderabad in 2013 happened in two schools, the Hyderabad university and in two public locations.
„Of course, not every film screening and film discussion was well attended“, says the festival founder. „Sometimes only a few people showed up and sometimes it was sold out like in Hollywood 2016. The wonderful huge Charlie Chaplin film theatre of the famous Raleigh Studios was crowded.“ In addition to the cinema audience countless hundreds of thousands and millions of people indirectly participated in the Uranium Film Festivals through TV contributions, newspaper reports and Internet distribution and learned about the nuclear films and their contents.
Photo: 2016 Uranium Film Festival in Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin film theatre.
Every year the Uranium Film Festival awards the best films with its Award which is a significant support to the filmmakers. Thanks to the Uranium Film Festival, atomic movies or documentaries such as "High Power“ by Pradeep Indulkar from India have not only got a large audience worldwide. In fact until we screened and awarded it in Rio da Janeiro in 2013 „High Power“ was not allowed to be shown in India. Thanks to the festival award India's censorship authority lifted the ban. Another movie, „Final Picture“ by young German director Michael von Hohenberg received the Uranium Film Festival´s Trophy in 2014. Now „Final Picture“ has conquered Hollywood and the world and received one award after another. Just two examples of many others.
In 2015 the festival was hosted by the Cree nation in Quebec: "We were honored to host the International Uranium Film Festival in Quebec", said the Grand Chief of the Crees Matthew Coon Come. And he praises the Co-Founder and General Director of the Uranium Film Festival, Norbert G. Suchanek. "The Grand Council of the Crees greatly appreciates and respects your hard work and creative vision, as well as the support you have shown for the Cree Nation’s fight against uranium mining." And Claus Biegert, founder of the Nuclear-Free Future Award and co-organizer of the legendary World Uranium Hearing said in an interview: „"I witnessed the emergence of the Uranium Film Festival. The Uranium Film Festival makes a big contribution against forgetting. It is very important that the atomic age ends. We humans started it. That's why it's up to us all to finish it. And the how is the big question. But the Uranium Film Festival helps us with that.“
Photo: Uranium Film Festival 2018 in Tucson, Audience.
November 2018, the festival was for the second time in Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation and also in ABQ, Santa Fe, Grants and Tucson. Nuclear Hotseat radio producer Libbe HaLevy came from Los Angeles to cover the event, and she aired: „International Uranium Film Festival - Window Rock: I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this experience is. The people, the information coming from the films, the heart, the tears, the ferocious will and kindness of the Navajo Nation's people, the conversations: And all this environment created by the astonishing films, each one a labor of love, conviction, heart, and caring. Power, heart, dignity, soul, and profound information.“
From the beginning the International Uranium Film Festival depends on individual donations and local support. The festival doesnot receive any support from big companies. Only with the help of concerned people Uranium Film Festivals are possible. The demand is huge. The Uranium Film Festival receives invitations from everywhere. From all over the world concerned people ask us to come to their country or city. From Greenland to Tanzania and South Africa. Suchanek: „If anyone who opposes nuclear power would give us just one $, we could easily organize Uranium Film Festivals every year around the world.“
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