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 social scientist Márcia Gomes de Oliveira from Rio de Janeiro and German foreign correspondent and filmmaker Norbert G. Suchanek created the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) and started the first call for film entries. it was six months before the Fukushima reactor exploded.
The first edition of the Uranium Film Festival finally took place in May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Today the festival is a global event with festival screenings around the globe from Rio to Berlin, Washington, New Delhi and Window Rock - highlighting all nuclear and radioactive issues: nuclear fuel chain, uranium mining, atomic bombs, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste deposits - from Hiroshima to Fukushima. The best and most important films of the year receive the Uranium Film Festival´s awards. Since the International Uranium Film Festival was held first time in Hollywood, in 2016, it is also known as The Atomic Age Cinema Fest. Read more about the festival's history here!
"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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