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Uranium Film Festival MAM Rio Cinematheque

11th edition of the International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro thematizes all nuclear threats.

The current war in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats show with great violence and clarity: a nuclear attack on any country is possible and would affect us all! In additon, the European Commission has decided recently on a "climate label" for nuclear energy  and classified it as sustainable and green. Putin's military attack on Ukraine and the EU decision show that the International Uranium Film Festival, also known as the Atomic Age Film Festival, is as current and necessary as ever.

The world need more awareness about all nuclear risks, from uranium mining to nuclear weapons and nuclear waste. The International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF), founded in 2010 before the Fukushima reactor accident, does this in a unique way. For 11 years it has been showing films about uranium mining, the use of nuclear power and its consequences worldwide, giving a global audience to these films, which are rarely seen in cinemas or on television. But this is only possible with the financial support of partners, sponsors and donors.

We would therefore like to ask and invite everyone to support the festival. Every contribution is welcome and necessary. The next Uranium Film Festival will take place free of charge live & online from May 19th to 29th, 2022 in Rio de Janeiro at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM Rio). In Berlin we have scheduled the festival from October 6th to 13th, 2022.

Film festivals involve significant costs. For example, the Berlinale costs around 30 million euros, of which the federal government pays around 10 million euros. Another 10 million comes from private sponsors.

It would of course be desirable if the Uranium Film Festival received similar support, but unfortunately this is not the case. Nevertheless, with a tiny fraction of the sum, since 2011 we have been able to organize dozens of successful film festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and other venues such as Hollywood and New York and reaching thousands of people directly and hundreds of thousands of people indirectly through media coverage. Long-standing partners and supporters of the festival are the Lawyers' Association Against Nuclear Weapons (IALANA), the Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

"Many small people doing many small things in many small places can change the face of the world."

There are probably hundreds of millions of people around the world who, unlike the EU Commission or Bill Gates, do not see nuclear power as sustainable and green,  but as a danger to environment, health and future of generations. Just 10 $ from a small part of these millions of people would be enough to continue with the Uranium Film Festival and to successfully organize it not only in Rio de Janeiro and in Berlin, but also in many other places.

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Top photo: Uranium Film Festival in the Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio). Festival Director Márcia Gomes de Oliveira with filmmaker Shri Prakash from India and the volunteers at the Festival of the State College for Film, TV and Events (FAETEC Adolpho Bloch) in Rio.