Pandora’s Promise

USA |2013 | 87 min | Documentary
Director: Robert Stone | Producer: Robert Stone
Original Language: English | Subtitles: German, French, Italian and Spanish

Synopsis: Pandora’s Promise chronicals the personal stories of several people who have put their careers and reputations on the line to speak out about how they have changed their minds on the issue of nuclear energy – going from anti-nuclaer to pro-nuclear. This controversial film examines the reasons why they once opposed nuclear energy, and explores the how and why they ended up reexamining their previous beliefs in light of new information and the threat of potentially catastrophic climate change. The documentary aims to inspire the debate over the may be most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it?

Green Award (Best Environmental Documentary) - Sheffield Film Festival
Best International Documentary – Kuala Lamur Eco Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary – Barcellona Film Festival
Best Documentary – Princeton Environmental Film Festival

Director’s Statement: "I’ve considered myself a passionate environmentalist for about as long as I can remember. My mother read me Silent Spring when I was nine and the specter of the Cold War nuclear arms race was not an uncommon topic around the dinner table in my family. So my anti-nuclear and environmental roots run very deep. My first film was an anti-nuclear weapons documentary, Radio Bikini, that premiered at Sundance in 1988 and went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Feature Documentary...

PANDORA’S PROMISE is without question the most personal and important film of my career. I’ve learned that just about everything I thought I knew about energy turned out to be wrong. And most of what I had been led to believe about nuclear energy and its historical events turned out to be significantly different from what had really happened. The making of this film has taken me to four continents on a grand tour of the hidden world of nuclear energy. I’ve been inside the doomed power plant at Chernobyl (the first outside cameraman to do so, I believe), deep into the Fukushima exclusion zone, and to a popular beach in Brazil that has a naturally occurring background radiation level that’s over 300 times what is considered “normal!” I’ve visited a little known research facility in Idaho where a new kind of reactor was developed 20 years ago that can’t meltdown and is fuelled by nuclear waste. If there was a single ah-ha moment for me it was when I was granted entry into a room in France (the size of a basketball court) where all the waste from powering 80% of the country for 30 years is stored: four cylindrical tubes 10 meters long and 1 meter wide are all that’s left from powering the city of Paris for 30 years with clean nuclear energy! I thought, “My God, what on Earth were we thinking?” Robert Stone