IUFF 2024 USA Film List

International Uranium Film Festival USA Tour 2024 Film List

See here a list of atomic films that the IUFF could screen at the venues during the US Tour 2024 from Window Rock to Los Angeles. The list is just a proposal and not complete. There are far more than 200 nuclear films in our Yellow Archive (Atomic Cinematheque). See here a special pdf of films about depleted uranium weapons. Help us to maintain and update this archive.


USA, 2023, Directed by Mark Shapiro and Douglas Brian Miller. Executive Producers Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff.
Written by Warren Etheredge and Mark Shapiro. Featuring Martin Sheen, Claudia Peterson, Ian Zabarte, Patrick Wayne, Mary Dickson,
Lewis Black, Joseph Musso and Michael Douglas. Documentary, 95 minutes, English 
Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Mercury, Nevada? The latter was the site for the testing of 928 large-scale nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1992. The Nevada Test Site is located in Mercury, 65 miles from Las Vegas. Over the 41 years of testing at the Nevada Test Site, 100 atomic bombs were detonated above ground from airplanes, towers, cannons and balloons; 828 tests were conducted underground. Downwind of the test site in the 1950s, a number of Hollywood blockbusters were filmed, including the Howard Hughes epic „The Conqueror“ with John Wayne and Susan Hayward. Although „The Conqueror“ location site, in St. George, Utah, was more than 100 miles away, the radiation levels there were so high that when Wayne tested them with a Geiger counter he thought the equipment was broken. The film „Downwind“ tells the stories of people harmed by the radioactive fallout from the Nevada Test Site. Half the cast and crew involved with „The Conqueror“, shot in 1954 allegedly died of causes connected to the toxic fallout. They were the most high-profile victims of the atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site, which contaminated land, water and people. Martin Sheen narrates this harrowing exposé of the United States' disregard for everyone living downwind.  www.backlotdocs.com
United States, 2022, Director Brian Cowden, Production LABRATS,
Short Documentary, 30 minutes, English 
How Far From Ground Zero shows the Nuclear Testing prgrams across the world and the impact on the indigenous communities, the veterans who took part and the civillians. This documentary is one of the most powerful ever produced to raise awareness of the testing program. About LABRATS: Millions were exposed to fallout from the atomic bomb tests and families suffer today from illness and deformities caused by the tests. We aim to provide information relating to the tests and expose the injustice of the Veterans who took part in the testing program. The participants of the testing program were lab rats or guinea pigs. Used in experiments to test the effects of Nuclear warfare, with no regard for the indigenous people, their lands or their lives. Veterans, indigenous people, scientists, civilians have all died as a consequence of the tests, yet their stories remain unheard by the general population of the world. LABRATS International gives these people a voice and allows their stories to be told. www.labrats.international

Sew to Say

United Kingdom/Spain, 2022, Director Rakel Aguirre, Producers: Rakel Aguirre, Sebastián Thomas, Matrioshka Films,
Original Music: Jimena Martínez Sáez, Documentary, 69 minutes, English 
Thalia is an artist and banner maker who, in the early 80s, joined a women-only peace camp to stand against nuclear weapons through non-violent action. 41 years ago, in the summer of 1981, a group of 36 women left their homes and marched from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, to Greenham Common near London to protest against the American Cruise missiles that were going to be deployed in the UK as part of the Cold War response. In fear of nuclear war, the group decided to stay and started a peace camp to protest against the storage of nuclear weapons at the base. The peace camp became women-only and soon transformed into a public space for women’s voices attracting hundreds of thousands of women over two decades. Thalia, one of the original marchers and activists at the camp, shares the untold story of the longest feminist protest in British history and reflects on how collective action changed the lives of thousands of women inspiring several generations. www.matrioshkafilms.com/films / Trailer: https://vimeo.com/800346293
UK 2022, Director: James Jones, Producers: Serhiy Solodko and Sasha Odynova, Top Hat Productions in association with Sky Studios,
Executive Producer: Darren Kemp, Feature Documentary, 96 minutes, English 
Thirty-six years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in Soviet Ukraine, newly uncovered archival footage and recorded interviews with those who were present paint an emotional and gripping portrait of the extent and gravity of the disaster and the lengths to which the Soviet government went to cover up the incident, including the soldiers sent in to “liquidate” the damage. Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes is the full, unvarnished true story of what happened in one of the least understood tragedies of the twentieth century.  Winner of Cinema Eye Honors Award; Royal Television Society Craft Award for Sound; Broadcast Tech Innovation Award for Best Audio Postproduction.  ´www.tophat.tv  - www.jonesfilms.net/chernobyl-thelosttapes - Trailer: https://vimeo.com/716822000

Tortoise Under The Earth (Dharti Latar Re Horo)

India 2022, Director: Shishir Jha,  Producers: Vinay Mishra, Pallavi Rohatgi, Preety Ali, Raghavan Bharadwaj, Shishir Jha, Mritunjay Jha, 
Cast: Jagarnath Baskey, Mugli Baskey, Doc-Fiction, 97 minutes, Language: Santhali with English subtitles
Jadugoda, an uranium mining area in Jharkhand in India. A tribal couple cope with the loss of their daughter. For them, the land and forest are witness to their daughter’s memory. With great sensitivity and beauty, the film explores the deeply intertwined connections between  tribal communities and the forest that is their traditional home.  Deftly interweaving the vivid colours of their festivals, their folk songs and the sense of community that binds them together, Tortoise Under The Earth is a poetic elegy to a world that is rapidly disappearing, subsumed by unchecked development and displacement. Uranium mining in Jharkhand has been going on since 1980s resulting into huge displacement of Adivasis. Focusing on the loss and dispossession, 'Tortoise Under the Earth' looks at the entanglement of myth, memory and mining. Winner of the Vancouver International Film Festival 2022  - www.folkhousecinema.com/films / Trailer: https://vimeo.com/732352349

Neutron Bomb 

United States, 2022, Director Peter Kuran, Producer: Peter Kuran, Marilyn Nave, Jacqueline Zietlow,
Feature Documentary 90 minutes, English 
How the deadliest bomb in the world almost came to be! J. Robert Oppenheimer was known as the father of the atomic bomb, Edward Teller was known as the father of the Hydrogen Bomb and Sam Cohen was known as the father of the Neutron Bomb. In the late 1950s, an idea was conceived of a bomb which would maximize damage to people, but minimize damage to buildings and vital infrastructure: perfect for an occupying army. This is the story of a man and his bomb. A melding of world events and scientific discovery inspire the motivations of the self-professed creator of the Neutron Bomb—one of the most-hated nuclear weapons ever invented. www.neutronbombmovie.com / trailer: https://www.journeyman.tv/film/8372


Devil's Work 

Brazil/USA, 2015, 19 min, Director Miguel Silveira, Producer Missy Hernandez.
Fiction, English 
A troubled 14-years-old boy grows increasingly isolated as he obsesses over the circumstances surrounding his father death his descent puts him on a dismal and potentially violent course that will lead to major truths and even greater questions. His father was a Soldier at the Golf War. He died because he was contaminated with Depleted Uranium. „It is the best movie about Depleted Uranium Weapons I have seen in my 20 years as activist against these terrible weapons. I saw myself in that boy", says  Damacio Lopez, director of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST). Trailer: www.miguelsilveirafilm.com/narrative-work

Small and Big 

Serbia, 2022, Director Zelimir Gvardiol,  Production: Pradok, Documentary, 33 minutes,
Serbian with English subtitles 
23 years after the bombing of Serbia in 1999, the dropping of depleted uranium bombs and the destruction of chemical plants by NATO pact, the team of this documentary road movie travels in search of survivors after the ecological genocide, while permanently polluted water, air and land continue to poison. www.pradok.org.rs/small-and-big/
Sweden/Korea/Scotland, 2022, Director Julian Vogel, Producer Jack Allen and Reece Smith,
Feature Documentary, 80 minutes, English 

It’s May, 2018. Nils is arriving back to his home in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden. As he opens the door, a leaflet is caught in the letterbox entitled: “If War or Crisis Comes”. It is a leaflet distributed to every household in Sweden, sent out by the government for the first time since 1962 – when the world was in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Together with his best friend Julian, Nils embarks on an Inter-Continental Bunker Mission; to learn from the best in order to outlast what calamity is sure to come.  Nils and Julian go on a journey around the world to find out what a global nuclear war, and the end of the world might look like, and how they might try to prepare for such a scenario. Finally, after months of traveling to gather opinions and knowledge on the subject, they construct and live in a fallout shelter – in Nils’ parent’s basement in Stockholm. From pretending the world has ended at a Post-Apocalyptic Festival in Poland, to encounters with hardcore survivalists in the United States, to meeting with survivors of the Hiroshima Atomic bomb attack in Japan, Nils and Julian hope their journey inspires others to join the debate on what we can do as a global community to prevent such disasters from happening. ICBM is an accessible and entertaining documentary, with the potential of creating debate and further outreach on the subject of nuclear arms, collaborating with organisations such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace and others. The film aims to be funny, turned serious, and encourage younger generations to engage with those generations who lived through the cold war on a subject that in today’s darkening political climate is becoming ever more concerning. 

„The film is produced with financial support from the Scholarship Foundation for the Studies of Japanese Society”. 
The film’s soundtrack will be available at: thejapaneseheatpacks.bandcamp.com
www.vogelperspektiv.se / www.jackallenfilm.com/icbm/ / Trailer: https://vimeo.com/537390683

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island

USA, 2022, Director Heidi Hutner, Producer Heidi Hutner & Simeon Hutner, Featuring Jane Fonda and others,
Documentary, 77 min. English 
A feature documentary about the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown--the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history. RADIOACTIVE covers the never-before-told stories of four intrepid homemakers, two lawyers who took the local community's case all the way to the Supreme Court, and a young female journalist who was caught in the radioactive crossfire. The film features activist and actor Jane Fonda - whose film, CHINA SYNDROME (a fictional account of a nuclear meltdown), opened 12 days before the real disaster in Pennsylvania. RADIOACTIVE also breaks the story of a radical new health study (in process) that may finally expose the truth of the meltdown. For over forty years, the nuclear industry has done all in their power to cover up their criminal actions, claiming, as they always do, "No one was harmed and nothing significant happened at Three Mile Island." In this thrilling feminist documentary, indomitable women fight back against the nuclear industry Goliath to expose one of the worst cover-ups in U.S. history. www.radioactivethefilm.com

A Body in Fukushima 

United States / Japan, 2021, Director Eiko Otake
Art/Foto-Documentation, 114 minutes. No dialogue, text in English .
“A Body in Fukushima” is a film created by dance artist Eiko Otake consisting of still photographs, inter-titles, and an original score. Photographs are selected from tens of thousands taken by historian/photographer William Johnston of Otake alone in the irradiated landscapes of post-nuclear meltdown Fukushima, Japan. Throughout their five visits from 2014 to 2019, Otake danced in dialogue with a changed Fukushima. Otake wrote the text and edited the film as well as sound, which includes original music and sound by Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington. www.eikootake.org
USA, 2021, Director: Greg Mitchell, Co-Producers: Greg Mitchell and Suzanne Mitchell,
Documentary, 52 min, English
 The widely-acclaimed 2021 film Atomic Cover-up is the first documentary to explore the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 from the unique perspective, words and startling images of the brave cameramen and directors who risked their lives filming in the irradiated aftermath.  It reveals how this historic footage, created by a Japanese newsreel crew and then an elite U.S. Army team (who shot the only color reels), was seized, classified top secret, and then buried by American officials for decades to hide the full human costs of the bombings as a dangerous nuclear arms race raged. All the while, the producers of the footage made heroic efforts to find and expose their shocking film, to reveal truths of the atomic bombings that might halt nuclear proliferation. Atomic Cover-up represents, at least in part, the film they were not allowed to make, as well as a tribute to documentarians everywhere. BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD 2021.
Japan, 2018, Director Ayumi Nakagawa, Documentary, 65 min, Japanese with English subtitles.
There are many evacuees who had been driven into the poverty after the Japanese government cut off the housing subsidies for those who fled their house after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in March 2011. Kazuko, who fled her house to Tokyo with her two primary school daughters, has to work over the weekend to pay the expensive rent in Tokyo. She is irregularly employed, which means that if she gets sick, it would affect her income. There are still 70,000 evacuees from contaminated area and this is the documentary to address once again, what is the actual revitalization. 
Italy/Australia, 2018, Director Lisa Camillo, Documentary, 84 min, Italian with English subtitles 
When Sardinian-Australian Lisa Camillo, an anthropologist and film director, returns to Sardinia she finds that large chunks of her homeland are devastated by mysterious bombs. On her journey she uncovers secret NATO bombing ranges. Tests with depleted uranium weapons have been having devastating consequences on the local human and animal population. Lisa joins the islanders’ fight to reclaim their land and livelihoods and, in doing so, she is learning about herself and her roots. “Balentes’ is a Sardinian word indicating ‘a man of valour’, who strives for social justice, defending the weak against the oppressors. Sardinians have always been a warrior people, a fact sometimes forgotten, combatting the many invaders landing on their shores over the ages  with courage and valour. Lisa Camillo is a passionate human rights driven filmmaker, anthropologist, presenter and writer. She has directed, produced and wrote award-winning documentaries and films that travelled across the world in several international film festivals. http://www.balentesfilm.com

Broken Arrow. Nuclear Accident in Palomares (Operación Flecha Rota. Accidente Nuclear en Palomares)

Spain, 2007, Director:  Jose Herrera Plaza, Producer: Antonio Sánchez Picón.
Documentary. Spanish-English with English subtitles, 96 min.
In January 1966 two American airplanes collided over Palomares (Almería-Spain) and as a consequence, four H-bombs fell to earth. Two of them explode their conventional charge and due to the strong coastal winds radioactive material was scattered over the region. An intensive search started to find the fourth bomb. At the same time the US send troops to begin the decontamination process of the „radioactive“ zone. The narration is strictly told by experts and protagonists and with extraordinary archive film material. Book to the film.
France, 2021, Director: Martin Boudot,  Producer: Luc Hermann & Paul Moreira,
Documentary, French or English, 50 min.
In Niger, near a huge uranium mine, some residents live in areas that exceed the radioactivity of the Chernobyl Prohibited Zone. In the meantime, in France, citizens denounce the pollution of the largest uranium conversion plant in Europe. Despite the bans, a team of journalists, with the help of scientists, investigate in the two countries and take dozens of samples to learn more about the pollution of the uranium that feeds our nuclear power plants. Their findings will be picked up by the media, trigger a political debate and will be used as evidence for citizens in a lawsuit against a multinational company. Trailer: 
France/South Africa, 2018, Director Martin Boudot, Producer: Premières Lignes, English, 54 min. 
Johannesburg is considered the most uranium-contaminated city in the world. Waste dumps from around 600 abandoned mines sit next to residential communities, blowing polluted dust into homes and contaminating the soil and water supplies. To get a sense of the sheer extent of the problem, Martin Boudot and his team of researchers investigate. Equipped with a Geiger counter, they uncover some dangerous realities. Trailer.
Greenland, 2020,  Director & Producer: Inuk Jørgensen, Documentary,
Original Language: English & Greenlandic, Subtitles English, 7 min.
A cinematic portrait of despair and anxiety towards an unknown future for the Inuit of the world’s largest island.
The film questions the rationale behind past and future mining prospects in Greenland and how they are connected to a search for identity for the fledgling nation. Trailer: 
Spain, 2022, Director & Producer: Jaime García Parra, Fiction/Comedy, Spanish with English subtitles, 14 min.
January 1966 in the south of Spain, a tourism couple is recording themselves in a placid day at the beach. Behind them, some locals decide to cheat on a shepherd, who will play his honor
before the eyes of his beloved in a curious game. Tourists are attracted to the strange game and decide to record it, without being aware of the hecatomb that will happen before the camera.„January 66“ is based on the real atomic bomb accident of Palomares during the Cold War: On 17 January 1966, a B-52G bomber of the USAF Strategic Air Command with four atomic bombs collided with a KC-135 plane tanker during mid-air refueling over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain at Palomares. Of the four hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three felt on land near the small fishing village Palomares in Almería  resulting in the contamination of an at least 2-square-kilometer area by plutonium. The fourth atomic H-bomb fell into the Mediterranean Sea and was lost.
USA, 2020, Director & Producer James Anaquad Kleinert, Documentary, English, 127 min. Trailer.

Stunning Cinematography highlighting Majestic South Western Landscapes & Ecosystems, featuring Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and others, this is a film that audiences will resonate deeply with, as our Plight to Protect the Wild Horses mirrors our fight for a Sustainable Future: "Mustangs & Renegades" is a complex web of events woven into the heart of the American west, documented over a 18 year period. It Follows the true & personal account of Film Maker James Anaquad Kleinert as he document’s the Round Up & Removal of America’s Wild Horses. In Revealing the plight of our Wild Horses, James shows how Public Lands in the US are being sold off to the highest bidders exposing the Privatization of US Publics lands by the Brutal Multi National Extractive Industries.

"Mustang & Renegades" is an epic and honest tale of Activism, Passion, Perseverance and Transformation that touches the core issues - The Protection of our Natural Environment, Constitutional, Civil and Indigenous Rights that are massively threatened! The film is based on the Book: No Country For Truth Tellers by James Anaquad Kleinert. Film Info. 

Germany, 2020, Director Claus Biegert, Production Biegertfilm, Music by Zoro Babel,
Documentary, 103 min, German / English 
Hans-Peter Dürr, as a physicist he followed the footsteps of the world re-nowned Werner Heisenberg. As a peace activist he was torn between his PhD supervisor Edward Teller and peace Nobel laureate Josef Rotblat, both  of them involved in the Manhattan project during World War II. When it became obvious that Hitler would not built an atomic bomb (Wunderwaffe), Rotblat immediately resigned from Los Alamos, Teller stayed and became the "father of the hydrogen bomb". In the early 1950s, the young and naive Hans-Peter from Stuttgart, Germany, stepped into the bomb euphoria in Berkeley, California. It shaped his life.
He became a role model for a scientist with responsibility. TRAILER
France, 2020,  Directed by KenichiWatanabe, Production: Kami productions,
Documetary, English/French, 56 min.
The USS Ronald Reagan cruised into a radioactive cloud from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011. Sailors on the aircraft carrier were exposed to radiation. This documentary looks at the event and what came before it.  The film is a historical investigation into the phenomenon of radioactivity. From the Curie spouses to Fukushima, through the history of atomic bombings and nuclear disasters, the film gives meaning to the stories of victims, soldiers and irradiated children, while revealing the lies of the world of the atom. Info/Trailer: www.kamiproductions.fr
Canada, 2018, Director and Producer: Jesse Andrewartha, Documentary, English, 15 min.
Photography & Radiation is a personal journey by visual artist Jesse Andrewartha, who explores the history of the autoradiogram as he creates a new body of work, a series of uranium autoradiograms for the upcoming exhibition “Transmutations: Visualizing Matter | Materializing Vision”. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/253012170
Canada, 2020, Director: Daniel Hackborn, Producer: Patrick Borgers, Cinematography by Hannah Joosse, Documentary, English, 10 min.
Playing With Uranium looks at the legacy of the Uranium mines that existed in and around Elliot Lake throughout the later half of the 20th century. The mining executives and shareholders made millions of dollars, while the people who call the land of Elliot Lake home, and the Anishinaabe of Serpent River, are left to deal with the millions of tonnes of tailings that have been left scattered throughout the boreal forest in man-made lakes and dugouts. Trailer: https://www.hannahjoosse.com/documentary/uranium


Denmark/UK -  2019, Director Ömer Sami, Documentary,  English. 23 min.

Growing up in the shadows of Britain’s biggest new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C, eleven-year-old Sam is worried about what it means for the world around him and must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Drifting between his daily life and dreams, the film explores themes of holding on and letting go, and growing up. Sam believes the only way is to go a private school – but his parents can’t afford the offer. As a last resort, they turn to the power company for funding, forcing Sam to decide. This Guardian documentary meets a boy who must choose between opposing Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant and benefiting from its educational bursary. Hinkley Point, on the Somerset coast, is the biggest building site in Europe and the most expensive nuclear power station in the world. Trailer.

2021, USA/Marshall Islands, Director Nico Edwards, English, 35 min.
I︎︎︎︎︎︎︎n the middle of the pacific ocean, the sailing ship Infinity and her ragtag crew stumble upon one of the most dangerous islands on earth. Birthplace of the hydrogen bomb, this tiny atoll absorbed the nuclearequivalent of 1.5 Hiroshima bombs a day for 12 years. That legacy waits near the beach, in a giant unguarded crumbling concrete dome. Atomic Test Clean-up Veteran Paul Griego about the film: „I feel it is as great film and so have the other atomic cleanup personnel I have spoken to.“
Ukraine/USA/Bulgaria/Slovakia, 2020, Director & Producer: Iara Lee, English/Russian /Ukrainian, Subtitles English, 57 min.
Stalking Chernobyl, a forthcoming documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films, examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Three decades after the world's most infamous nuclear disaster, wildlife has returned in the absence of human settlements. Meanwhile, illegal hiking adventurers known as "stalkers," extreme sports aficionados, artists, and tour companies have begun to explore anew the ghostly, post-apocalyptic landscape. Info/trailer: https://culturesofresistancefilms.com
USA, 2020, Director & Producer: Jeff Daniels, Documentary, English, 91 min.  
THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE meets THE ATOMIC CAFE in this archive-based feature documentary that views the dramatic climax of the Cold War through the lens of a commercial television network, as it narrowly succeeds in producing America’s most watched, most controversial made-for-TV-movie, THE DAY AFTER , in 1983. This film addresses a universal challenge - grasping how vast global issues such as climate change, the refugee crisis and in this case nuclear proliferation affect us personally. We have much to learn from how this television network took a subject so terrifying, so unpalatable and turned it into prime-time family viewing. With irreverent humor and sobering apocalyptic vision, this film reveals how a commercial broadcaster seized a moment of unprecedented television viewership, made an emotional connection with an audience of over 100 million and forced an urgent conversation with the US President on his policy towards nuclear proliferation.  Film website: www.televisionevent.com / Trailer
South Korea Year, 2020, Director: Choi Yang Hyun, Producer: Lee Jieun, Fiction,
Korean with English subtitles, 94 min.
Pan-Gyo which is Korean Silicon Valley was attacked by Nuclear bomb. The member of family who is owned venture business decided to hide at basement in their house for 2 weeks in accordance with direction from Korean Government. The family was started to struggle to survive in the basement day by day... The film was produced during Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020. This film invokes metaphor for a middle class life when they tried to survive against a risk of extinction such as nuclear attack or pandemic while they were isolated drastically from the outside. Choi Yang Hyun was born in Seoul. He received his BA film directing and Korean literature at university and his MA image engineering at graduate school. His short feature films have been nominated or won in many film festivals. Currently, He is directly managing a film production called Paranoi Future Cinema Lab. "The Basement" is his first full length feature film. Trailer:
THE GARDEN                    
USA, 2021, Director & Producer Bill McCarthy, Animation, English. 7 min.
The Garden is the story of a blind Indian Shaman who begins planting a garden at the gates of a nuclear weapons facility. The Shaman is confronted by the foreman who demands she stop planting. Disregarding his demand, the Shaman continues planting, resulting in a giant garden of sunflowers which overwhelms the staff of the facility and starts covering the nuclear plant.
France, 2021, Director Keiko Courdy, Producer PIKA PIKA FILMS, Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Seigen Ono,
Support from KissKissBankers, Documentary, 87 min, Japanese with English subtitles.
Waves crash eternally on the shore of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Next to a white facility for radioactive waste burning, black bags of contaminated soil pile up while a family looks for traces of their house. The film relates the stories of people who survived the tsunami and were forced to leave their home, people who came back in the darkest times, and people who came to work from far away, decontamination workers of Fukushima Daiichi. In the zone, invisible traumas are everywhere. There is no life without risk but what risk are we ready to take? In Japan, everyone wishes to forget and go forward, but the traces can not be erased that easily. Trailer
Canada, 2020, Director and Producer: Teresa D’Elia, Experimantal Documentary, 5 min, English.
The Shadow Project has taken place in over 250 cities worldwide. The event commemorates the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and aims to raise awareness about the ongoing threat from nuclear proliferation. In Hamilton, Ontario, The Shadow Project is hosted each year by artist Bryce Kanbara (You Me Gallery). This film presents footage from the 2019 event and archival material, set to a poem by celebrated writer Ellen S. Jaffe. The piece is performed by poet Nisha Patel (2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion and former Poet Laureate, City of Edmonton). Film website: https://hope56films.com
Australia, 2019, Director & Producer: John Mandelberg, Executive Producer: Bozic Wongar,
Actress and Narrator: Ursula Yovich, Documentary, English, Japanese, Russian, English subtitles, 97 min.
TOTEM & ORE starts in 1945 with the Hiroshima bombing and ends with the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in 2011. The film explores the effects of Nuclear bombs and weapons testing across the globe, from the Manhattan Project's first Atomic bomb test in the desert of Nevada, to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs in 1945, and the first British thermonuclear test at Christmas Island in the Gilbert Island chain in the North Pacific in 1963. In Australia, the tragedy of uranium exploration, mining and British atomic testing in 1950’s Aboriginal Australia. Starting at the Hiroshima bomb and ending at the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. The historic tragedies and fear told by atomic bomb witnesses, activists, filmmakers, artists, actors, writers composers, doctors, professors. Aboriginal Actress, Ursula Yovich reflects on her visit to Hiroshima, her appeal that “No place in the world for Nuclear weapons!” Trailer.
Canada, 2021, Director: Colin Scheyen, Producer: Ann Shin and Hannah Donegan,
Documentary, English, 25 min.
Eugene Bourgeois had no concerns about nuclear energy when he built his farm next door to the world's largest nuclear facility in 1974. Over that time, he and his wife Ann ran a successful wool business and taught generations of people around the world the art of knitting. They really believed they had found paradise. However, over the next few decades, Eugene, his family, and his sheep flock were frequently exposed to hydrogen sulfide, a deadly nerve gas from the nuclear plant, which caused hundreds of his sheep to be blinded, born deformed, or killed. The industry has denied any wrong doing, but Eugene has always known the truth and dedicated the rest of his life to pushing his nuclear neighbour for greater transparency and accountability. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/609829443
USA/Canada, 2021, Director Jesse Andrewartha, Producer: Marcos Fajardo, Documentary, English. 70 min.
Transmutations is a multi-year project that explores the history, legacy and radioactivity of uranium mining during the Cold War in Canada and the US. Captured over the course of three years using 35mm motion picture film and digital technologies, the film reveals the mineral and the people whose lives have been impacted by uranium: ex-miners that toiled decades underground, Indigenous leaders and activists leading the charge to clean up the mines and the places that shifted the balance of power on a global scale. Project website https://www.transmutationsproject.com
Netherlands, 2021, Director: Tineke van Veen & Barbara Prezelj, Producer: Tineke van Veen,
short documentary, English, 9 min.
 Unsettling Dust, a collaborative short film project, explores the lived, bodily experience of radiation by focusing on the relationship between post-nuclear landscapes, radioactive dust and breathing. It draws attention to Fort de Vaujours, a former nuclear weapon testing site on the outskirts of Paris and asks what it means to be living with the threat of contagion, with doubt cast upon your every single breath. Film website: http://www.tinekevanveen.com
Australia, 2015, Director Wain Fimeri, Producer Sonya Pemberton. Documentary, 51 min. English.
At the turn of the 20th century uranium is virtually unknown and basically worthless. Dr Derek Muller embarks on an adventure to reveal how, in just a single generation, uranium transforms into the most valuable and terrifying rock on Earth. The discoveries of scientists such as Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford and Albert Einstein unlock the secrets of the uranium atom, and allow us to peer into the very nature of the universe. Then one clear morning above the city of Hiroshima, uranium unleashes a terrifying power and changes the world forever.  Trailer.
Poland/Italy/Luxemburg/USA, 2019, Director Lech Majewski, Producer Lech Majewski and Filip Rymsza, Co-production Poland-Luxembourg, Royal Road Entertainment, Cast: Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, John Rhys-Davies, Bérénice Marlohe, Keir Dullea, Steven Skyler, Joseph Runningfox,  Ficition, 126 min, English.
 The film weaves together three narrative threads: Navajo archaic legend about gods locked inside the rocks of the Valley of the Gods; a story of the wealthiest person on earth, Wes Tauros (John Malkovich), who lives hidden away from the world suffering from a personal tragedy; and that of the narrator, John Ecas (Josh Hartnett), who works as a copywriter at Tauros’s company. After a traumatic split from his wife, John starts writing his boss’s biography and accepts an invitation to his mansion. At this time Tauros’s company, which mines uranium ore, buys the Valley of the Gods to bore tunnels through the sacred land. The shattered peace of Navajo ancestors makes the rocks give birth to an avenger. Trailer. 
USA, 2021, Director & Producer: Hope Tucker, Experimental documentary, English., 14 min.
 Residents of and visitors to the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico, site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb, contribute to the production of public memory as they offer logistical advice, philosophical reckonings, and plaintive cries about making "the journey of the dead." Made in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the detonation of nuclear weapons in Japan and the US and the 340th anniversary of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Made in resistance to nuclear colonialism. "Tucker's way of representing the historical past makes us reconsider what the past historical time should be and what kind of action we should take to commemorate it." Kim Taein, Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. More info: http://www.theobituaryproject.org
 New Zealand, 2022, Director A.K. Strom, Sci-Fi-Thriller, with Campbell Rousselle and Graham Vincent,
English, 87 min.
The most chillingly real buildup to nuclear war ever put on film. A nuclear thriller with a documentary feel. "World War 4 - the Realism cut" is a special cut of the film designed to bring home the full reality of this unfolding nightmare. Seven years in the making, this is a most chilling nuclear war film. Watch as real armies march, bombs rain down, and soldiers storm the beaches. One family is caught up in the ever-growing conflict. Can they survive as total war is declared and nuclear weapons are unleashed?


Algeria, De Gaulle and the Bomb (Algerie, De Gaulle et La Bombe)

Algeria, 2011, 52 min, Director Larbi Benchiha, Producer Jean François Aumaitre. Documentary, French with English subtitles.

Why did France spend a lot of money and take the risk of bringing the atomic bomb to Algeria while the uprising is being organized and growing? The issue of the Sahara and the military nuclear tests were at the center of the secret negotiations between the French government and the FLN delegation. For the French General de Gaulle, the Sahara was not part of Algeria. For the FLN, however, the Algerian territory extended into the Sahara. The Evian  Accords, signed on March 18, 1962, finally ended the Seven and a Half Years' War. France recognized Algerian sovereignty in the Sahara. In return, the FLN accepted that France had various military bases and would carry out its nuclear tests in the Sahara of Algeria for five years. A total of 17 nuclear explosions were carried out in Algeria. Some of them had "incidents". The worst nuclear accident occurred on May 1, 1962. TRAILER


UK/The Netherlands, 2011, 13 min, Art & Experimental documentary, Language: Multilingual, Director: Peter Greenaway, Video Design Irma de Vries, Producer Change Performing Arts.

Very surprisingly from 1945 to 1989 - there have been 2201 atomic bombs dropped on the planet Earth - an astonishing number of atomic bombs implying huge destruction and fall-out. The film shows evidence of every bomb explosion documented with the nation responsible, the date and location, the force and the height about earth or sea level in a relentless build up of accumulating destruction that is both awe-inspiring and dreadful in the true biblical sense of of the phrase - full of dread. ABOUT THE FILM and ABOUT GREENAWAY



Japan, 2018, Director Ayumi Nakagawa, Documentary, 65 min, Japanese with English subtitles. 

There are many evacuees who had been driven into the poverty after the Japanese government cut off the housing subsidies for those who fled their house after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in March 2011. Kazuko, who fled her house to Tokyo with her two primary school daughters, has to work over the weekend to pay the expensive rent in Tokyo. She is irregularly employed, which means that if she gets sick, it would affect her income. There are still 70,000 evacuees from contaminated area and this is the documentary to address once again, what is the actual revitalization. TRAILER



The Netherlands, 2014, Director and Producer Tineke van Veen, Documentary, 14 min. Japanese with English subtitles.

The short documentary & film-installation elaborates on the cleaning of the landscape, people who clean the landscape and the landscape itself. Landscape conceived as a space, both natural and cultivated, dynamic and cultural, an environment in which we “stay”, move, develop and exist, where social- and power relations play an important role. Landscape as a reflection, as a form of exchange and identification. How do we relate to this traumatized landscape? The evacuees are not only confronted with loss of their native soil, there is also the problem of no return because of nuclear radiation. TRAILER

Behind the Urals: The Nightmare before Chernobyl 

Italy, 2015, Director Alessandro Tesei, Photography Pierpaolo Mittica, Production Mondo in Cammino Productions. Documentary, 64 min. English/Russian.

What happened in Mayak is one of the most serious ecological disasters caused by man and hidden for decades. It was the first major nuclear accident and caused radioactive contamination 20 times that of Chernobyl. Mayak nuclear plant is situated in the Urals in the Chelyabinsk region, about 1,500 kilometres from Moscow. It was built in 1948 to create the plutonium needed to build the first soviet atom bomb.  There were in fact three main „nuclear“ accidents in Mayak: The first one happened between 1949 and 1952, when the Mayak plant poured all radioactive waste into the river Techa. TRAILER and ABOUT THE FILM


Keiko Courdy, France /Japan, 2013, 94 min, documentary, Japanese and French, English subtitles.  

A film on Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Fukushima is a parallel world. From the outside, everything seems normal. Away from the forbidden zone, life goes on exactly as before. The danger now is invisible. Some say that all is fine, all is under control. But today, nothing is resolved. TRAILER


Australia, 2015, Produced and Directed by Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius, MAV Media in Association with NITV (National Indigenous TV Australia). Documentary, 5 min, English and Antikirrinya, English

In the 1950’s and 1960’s the Australian government authorised British Nuclear testing at Emu Field and Maralinga in Outback South Australia. We journey with Antikirrinya Elder, Ingkama Bobby Brown to his homelands in outback South Australia where he explains the legacy of living with British Nuclear testing - how he witnessed the first tests on the Australian mainland at Emu Field (1953) and experienced the devastating affects of radioactive fallout on his family, people and country. This is the first time Bobby has spoken out about what he witnessed when he was a boy - what happened to his family and country and the people who went missing - during British Nuclear testing. British Nuclear testing was a breach of the King's Letters Patent, the founding document that established the state of South Australia (1836), which granted Aboriginal people the legal right to occupy and enjoy their land for always. How could they occupy and enjoy their land when their land was being blown up and irradiated by nuclear fallout. ABOUT THE FILM

Fukushame. The Lost Japan

Italy, 2013, Director Alessandro Tesei, Producer: Teatro Primo Studio – Film Beyond, 64 min, Documentary, Language: Italian with  English subtitles.

A travel both into the “No Go Zone” of Fukushima and in Japanese people’s feelings and believes after the reaction to nuclear disaster.  March 11, 2011: Tsunami waves exceeded every security barrier and damaged Fukushima’s Central Nuclear Power Plant. The reactor explodes. A restricted area with a 20 km diameter, the No-Go Zone, was immediately evacuated and declared an off-limits territory. Seven months after the disaster photographer Alessandro Tesei succeeded in entering the forbidden area. Fukushame has gathered images from Tesei’s trip, numerous interviews of both common people and politicians and special contributions of scientific explanations of great significance. TRAILER


Italy, 2014, Director Alessandro Tesei, Photography: Pierpaolo Mittica, Documentary, 20 min, Japanese with English subtitles.

After almost two years after the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant of March 11, 2011, Masami Yoshizawa, the cattle breeder who never left the evacuation zone, grant a unique interview. He explains what has become his mission. The land is definitely lost, and pollution will never be deleted. Conscious of this, he remains in his farm and tries to let the world know about the tragic consequences of radiation exposure. At the same time, he raises a disturbing question: have you to flee and abandon your own contaminated land or you must accept the radioactivity, continuing to fight and live in your land? TRAILER

Greetings from Mururoa (Bons Baisers de Moruroa)

Algeria, France, 2016, Director Larbi Benchiha, production: Aligal production and France Télévisions, documentary 52 min, French with English subtitles.

Film about France's atomic bomb  tests in the South Pacific at the Mururoa atoll. The filmmaker allows the surviving atomic tests veterans - which unknowingly irradiated themselves and their families - to speak up.  "My biggest regret is to have contaminated my daughters, and may be, my grandchildren“, says Florence Bourel. Florence was proud to work for the good of France. She was several times in the atomic bases of Moruroa. In her free time, she was diving and water skiing in the so called blue lagoon where the atomic bombs exploded. "The administration has never mentioned any risks. They only said, we should not eat fish from the lagoon.“ Today her daughter Marion, 22 years, suffers from several radiation-induced diseases and cancer. Like her mother, she is also afraid of their future: "And if I will have children, would they be born healthy?“ TRAILER


Mexico/Japan, 2010, 73 min, Director: Shinpei Takeda, Producer: Shinpei Takeda and Eiji Wkamatsu, Documentary, Japanese/English.

For a younger generation of Japanese, can their experiences of atomic bomb be truly understood? How does this memory stay alive for the coming generation? As the two drove down the American west coast visiting 18 survivors of atomic bomb as well as a holocaust survivor, they would hear the most intimate moments of their lives and reveal the cruel nature of psychological scars. With the vast landscape of American west in their background, the two reflects on their relationship to the contemporary history of Japan.  Director Shinpei Takeda has fallowed the atomic bomb survivors in both north and south Americas for the last 5 years. TRAILER

In My Lifetime: The Nuclear World Project

Director Robert E. Frye, USA, 2011, 109 min, documentary, English

In My Lifetime features moments in our history as well as current issues regarding nuclear weapons. This film is meant to be a wakeup call for humanity, to help develop an understanding of the realities of the nuclear weapon, to explore ways of presenting the answers for "a way beyond" and to facilitate a dialogue moving towards resolution of this Gordian knot of nuclear weapons gripping the world. The documentary's characters are the narrative voices, interwoven with highly visual sequences of archival and contemporary footage and animation. The story is a morality play, telling the struggle waged over the past six and half decades with the last act yet to be determined, of trying to find what is "the way beyond?" Photos were taken by Diane Love, who is also Executive Producer of the film. TRAILER / ABOUT THE FILM


Japan, 2016, Director Tamotsu Matsubara, Production Power-I Inc, Documentary, 98 min, Japanese with English subtitles.

After the nuclear catastrophe, an area within 14 miles of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was designated as a No-entry zone. The Japanese government notified each prefecture that all cattle in the area should be slaughtered, so that meat contaminated by radiation could not be distributed. Most ranchers couldn’t help but obey this national policy, as they were forced to evacuate the area and couldn’t make any predictions about the future. However, a small group of cattle ranchers refused to accept this government mandate, and regardless of their own safety, have continued to feed their cattle. One rancher still lives in the banned area, another travels from temporary housing 50 miles away once every two days. Meanwhile, a combined team from universities started to monitor the health damage of these exposed cows. TRAILER

Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1

USA, 2012, Director, Producer, Writer, Cameraman and Editor: Adam Jonas Horowitz, Documentary,  87 min, English 

The term "savage" is used to refer to people from primitive cultures, but this documentary shows how savagery reaches new levels with the advent of advanced technology. In the 1950's, the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, vaporising islands and exposing entire populations to fallout. The people of Rongelap received near fatal doses of radiation from one of these tests, and were then moved to a highly contaminated island to serve as guinea pigs to test the affects of radiation on humans for almost 30 years, where they suffered from recurring cancers and birth defects that have affected multiple generations. The documentary is a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents, devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, this untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. TRAILER


THE INVISIBLE ISLAND (L'Ile Invisible / 見えない島)

France, 2021, Director Keiko Courdy, Producer PIKA PIKA FILMS, Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Seigen Ono, Support from KissKissBankers, Documentary, 87 min, Japanese with English subtitles.

Waves crash eternally on the shore of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Next to a white facility for radioactive waste burning, black bags of contaminated soil pile up while a family looks for traces of their house. The film relates the stories of people who survived the tsunami and were forced to leave their home, people who came back in the darkest times, and people who came to work from far away, decontamination workers of Fukushima Daiichi. In the zone, invisible traumas are everywhere. There is no life without risk but what risk are we ready to take? In Japan, everyone wishes to forget and go forward, but the traces can not be erased that easily. TRAILER


Denmark, 2014,  Director Peter Anthony, Producer Jakob Staberg, Statement Film, Co-production: WG Film, Doc-Fiction with Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Stanislav Petrov, Sergey Shnyryov, u.a., 105 min. Russian, English.

1983. The Cold War is seconds from exploding. The world holds its breath as the superpowers USA and Russia are arming themselves against each other with thousands of nuclear missiles. On the 26th of September, Russian radars intercept five nuclear missiles on their way to Russia. Stanislav Petrov is commander-in-chief. The decision that would start World War III rests on his shoulders. Should Russia fire nuclear missiles at the United States in defence? 'The Man Who Saved the World' is an epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine, while also being a gripping story about the man who actually saved the world, and his struggle to get his life back on track before it is too late. TRAILER


Japan, 2016, Director Futoshi Sato, Executive Producer Tamiyoshi Tachibana, Cast: Yukiya Kitamura, Kenji Anan, Sota Aoyama, Yuri Nakamura, Drama, 90 min, Japanese with English subtitles.

2:46 PM on March 11, 2011. The earthquake hits and Japan is thrown into a panic. The cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Station goes down and the temperature rises. The countdown to an even more enormous catastrophe has started.  Futoshi Sato: „Born in the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, I wanted to talk about it, but I was wondering what might be the approach to make it a movie. For his part, Mr. Tamiyoshi Tachibana wondered about the possibility of adapting the book written by Tetsuro Fukuyama, Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Naoto Kan. This book `The Nuclear Crisis – A Testimony from the Residence of the Prime Minister´ is a fundamental work that tells the truth of the events that occurred on those days at the Residence. If this project was able to start and be realized, it is thanks to the total and complete implication of Tamiyoshi Tachibana." TRAILER

THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI (Les sœurs de Nagasaki)

Canada, 2018, Director Alain Vézina, documentary, 52 min, French with English subtitles.

On August 9, 1945, the US explodes its second atomic bomb over Nagasaki. Held prisoner by the Japanese, a group of Catholic nuns from Canada survived the horror of the bombing. After Japan's surrender, these women traumatized by memories of the nuclear holocaust were imprisoned in a sanatorium. Some of these nuns have written down the story of their captivity and their terrible experience with the atomic bomb horror. These precious documents, many of  which have never been released before, show that the nuns not only witnessed the devastation caused by the atomic bomb, but that they also helped the other survivors, especially children. Many years later, some of the Canadian nuns succumbed to the long-term effects of radiation exposure and joined the 74,000 Nagasaki victims. TRAILER


USA, 2017, Director Brittany Prater, documentary, 83 min, English 

A young woman’s investigation into her hometown’s secret involvement in the Manhattan Project triggers a chain reaction of encounters through which it becomes clear that the topic of nuclear waste has been more successfully buried than the waste itself. The film portrays the manner in which Superfund site cleanup is often mishandled in the U.S., and informs the viewer about how toxic waste can spread, and why waste-site cleanup is often prolonged or avoided altogether. Because private companies contracted to clean up waste sites tend to hold considerable political leverage, they are able to devise strategies that greatly extend cleanup schedules, thus ensuring the longest possible inflow of government funds. TRAILER


USA, 2017, Directors Daria Bachmann & Anna Anderson, Documentary, English, 80 min - The Repository is an independent journalistic documentary about the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The goal of this documentary is to tell the history of Yucca Mountain and explain the conflicting views on the proposed repository. In 1987, the U.S. Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act designating Yucca Mountain in Nevada's desert as the nation's sole repository for nuclear waste storage. Officials in Nye County, the host of the proposed nuclear waste repository, support the project, but the majority of Nevada's officials, residents and members of the state's delegation oppose the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. https://www.therepositorymovie.com


Crying Earth Rise Up 

USA, 2014, Documentary. Director:  Suree Towfighnia | Producer:  Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann. Documentary, English, 57 min - Crying Earth Rise Up tells the story of two Lakota women’s  parallel search for answers to the question: Why are there high levels of radiation in our drinking water and how can we protect our families and community against this threat? The documentary is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life. https://www.cryingearthriseup.com

Journey To The Safest Place On Earth 

Switzerland, 2013, Director Edgar Hagen, 100 min, documentary, English - Lethal, highly radioactive nuclear waste from decades of nuclear power use will endure for centuries. Locating a final repository for the waste is one of the great challenges facing the world, and experts are searching for secure, geologically stable places around the world. Director Edgar Hagen examines the limitations and contradictions of this global quest. Nuclear power advocates and opponents face up to this responsibility and struggle for solutions. Dogmatic attitudes from both sides become unstable. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/75918238


Macedonia, 2014, 52 min, documentary. Director: Agim Abdullah, Production: Press TV, Macedonian and English with English subtitles.

Film about the use of Depleted Uranium ammunition and its consequences in the Balkans. „The NATO intervention against former Yugoslavia was supposed to relieve the agonies and sufferings of the people in the region who were subject to seemingly unending wars. The outcomes of the intervention, however, came to confirm an established truth… about 20 years ago, for the first time, the silver bullet, as the inhabitants of Bosnia used to call the ammunition with depleted uranium, was used in the military conflicts at the Balkans. NATO generals were satisfied with the overall trial results. The depleted uranium became a part of everyday life at the Balkans in the years that followed. The Serbian army began to withdraw from Kosovo. But the bombs and the consequences of the bombing remained. The depleted uranium started to take its blood tax. People began to die of cancer on a large scale. Years after the NATO bombing in Southern and Central Serbia, we are witnessing a real explosion and increase of cancer.“ Film/Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L6mGh-u76A


Marshall Islands, 2018, Directors Dan Lin & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, poem video, English, 6 min.

Art & Awareness: A powerful poem video about the legacy of the US atomic bomb tests on the Marshall Islands and the Runit dome nuclear waste site in the Enewetak Atoll. https://www.kathyjetnilkijiner.com 

Half Life: The Story of  America’s Last Uranium Mill 

USA, 2016, Director: Justin Clifton, Documentary, English, 12 min

In Southeastern Utah, not far from many of America’s famed national parks, lies America’s last remaining uranium mill. After more than 36 years in operation, the leaders of the nearby Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s White Mesa community worry that lax regulations and aging infrastructure are putting their water supply, and their way of life, at risk. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/161080821

The 12-minute film, “Half Life”, is designed to draw attention to ongoing contamination and regulatory failures at the White Mesa Mill, and to the mill’s role as a keystone in the North American uranium industry. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Uranium Watch, and the Grand Canyon Trust have all used the legal and regulatory process, including the Trust’s ongoing citizen suit in federal district court, to exert pressure on the mill owners and regulators. However, the White Mesa Mill has never received large-scale public attention; indeed, even local residents are largely unaware that the mill receives some of the most toxic wastes (ISL and alternate feed) in North America as well as ore mined across the Colorado Plateau. „Half Life” is more than a film about the White Mesa Mill in Southern Utah, it is a call to action to become informed on our energy issues in the United States and demand that our clean air and water be preserved. https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/half-life-story-americas-last-uranium-m...

The Safe Side of the Fence 

USA. 2015, Director Tony West, Documentary, English,108 min.

"World War II's Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job. As a result, the chemical company's employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. This documentary explores the legacy that St. Louis is still coping with, from workers who became ill - to the challenges of dealing with the fallout of creating some of the world's first nuclear waste.The story is not unique to St. Louis, as more than 300 facilities across America would become part of the race to build the bomb, and be forced to deal with many of the same issues. A detailed look into what some of the men and women went through inside these plants, and how decisions made in the past affect us all today.  http://www.thesafesideofthefence.com

Too Precious to Mine   

USA, 2017, Director Justin Clifton, Documentary, English, 10 min, German subtitles, Trailer: https://vimeo.com/241576331

The Havasupai Tribe depends on the blue-green waters that emerge in the Grand Canyon for drinking water. But now, uranium mining on the canyon’s rims threatens the tribe’s existence and its way of life. A 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims around the Grand Canyon is at risk of being overturned by the Trump administration. The Grand Canyon is an irreplaceable natural treasure that draws over 5.5 million visitors to the park each year. Yet, irresponsibly operated uranium mines located on federal public land just miles from the North and South Rims threaten to permanently pollute the Grand Canyon landscape and the greater Colorado River.  „The Grand Canyon is the last place on Earth we should mine uranium.“  https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/too-precious-mine 

UNSILENCED: Anti-Nuclear Movement in Turkey 

Turkey/Japan, 2017, Director: Takuya MORIYAMA,  20 minutes, Original Language: Turkish Subtitled Language: English

Six years after Fukushima a young Japanese filmmaker analyses the anti-nuclear movement in Turkey. The anti-nuclear movement continues for 40 years in Turkey, which has 3 nuclear power plant projects today. Because Turkey was affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, local people are aware of risk of nuclear power plant. This short documentary shows why and how Turkish people resist against nuclear project at the time of 30 years after Chernobyl

THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI (Les sœurs de Nagasaki)

Canada, 2018, Director: Producer: Merlin Films, 52 min, French, English subtitles, Trailer: https://vimeo.com/288512291, Distribution: HG Distribution, https://hgagnondistribution.com/en/titles/new-releases/sisters-nagasaki
On August 9th, 1945, an atomic bomb explodes over Nagasaki. Held prisoner by the Japanese, a small group of Catholic missionaries, including many Canadians, survive the bombing. By forcing Japan to surrender, the bomb freed these women, yet jailed them in a prison of the mind through their traumatic memories of this nuclear holocaust. Some of these nuns put down in writing the grueling tale of their captivity and its horrifying conclusion. These precious documents, many of which have never before been released, show us that the prisoners not only witnessed the devastation caused by the bomb, but also intervened to help the survivors, especially the children. Many years later, some of the Canadian nuns succumbed to the long-term effects of radiation exposure, thereby joining the ranks of the 74,000 victims of Nagasaki. THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI tells the true story of eight Catholic nuns from Quebec who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Alain Vézina: “It's a subject that has been in my head for a number of years, but I always differed from it, I had other projects. But it's a beautiful subject, it's a story that deserves to be told“, says Alain Vézina. It took him two years to research and finalize the film. „Initially there were just a dozen photographs, no more." Finally he receives a response, from a 98 year old nun, who is in possession of photo albums that virtually nobody has ever seen.

„With unique archive footage Alain Vézina skillfully tells of an extraordinary story about atomic bomb victims and survivers (Hibakusha) that has not yet been told“, writes the festival’s jury. „We screened the film last May during our 9th International Uranium Film Festival in the cinema of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Modern Art Museum, and the selected audience was very impressed by the movie“, added festival director Norbert G. Suchanek.


Marshall Islands, 2018, Directors Dan Lin & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, poem video, English, 6 min - A powerful poem video about the legacy of the US atomic bomb tests on the Marshall Islands and the Runit dome nuclear waste site in the Enewetak Atoll. https://www.kathyjetnilkijiner.com 

"Photographer and filmmaker Dan Lin and poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner are masters at uniting nature, poetry and atomic bomb tests. As eloquent as the poem, so poignant is the cinematic footage by Dan Lin“, says Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, film curator and media scholar for the Uranium Film Festival. Representing Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, the 16-year-old Berlin Philippo from the Marshall Islands received the award in Berlin.


Freddy and Fuzmo Fix The World

UK, 2018, Directors & Producers: Christopher Murray, Luke Biddiscombe & Mikel Iriarte, further Producers Matt Rose, Laura Johnson, Muppet Animation, 27 minutes, English - Nineteen months after being sent to earth to fix the world’s problems, Fuzmo, an omnipotent alien-being jaded by the corporate machine, has lost all motivation and now lives in a gluttonous and lethargic lifestyle, leeching off his good-natured flatmate Freddy. In an effort to be productive, twenty-something Freddy tries to persuade Fuzmo into creating world peace. The intervention of new house guest Grumble divides the trio, who find themselves locked in a nuclear arms race, with the fate of Big City hanging in the balance. https://www.facebook.com/freddyandfuzmo/  - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtItRNAH8Aw

"Freddy and Fuzmo Fix the World is simply a well-made, laughter-stimulating Muppet show on nuclear war. Documentary films about nuclear power and it's consequences are sometimes depressing. For that it is just as important to have atomic films that make us laugh. And that's what Mikel Iriarte and Laura Johnson and their film team did masterfully“, said festival director Norbert G. Suchanek.


Serbia, 2018, directed by Miodrag Miljkovic, documentary, 22 min, English - Depleted uranium (DU) is obtained by processing mined uranium ore. Most of the radioactive isotopes extracted from the ore are used for nuclear weapons or atomic power plants. What remains is a less radioactive isotopeto 238, depleted uranium. It is almost two times denser than lead and flammable at impact, which makes it extremely effective when penetrating the armour.Miltary experts have in 1970s started to embed DU into the nozzles of conventional nuclear projectiles, granades and bullets. Every projectile contains about 350 grams of DU and that part of the projectile is called a “penetrator”. When a uranium “penetrator” hits a tank, the “penetrator” and the armour partially soften under the pressure. According to Pentagon’s literal description, a depleted uranium projectile goes through a tank like “a hot knife through butter”.  But only one particle of DU in the lymph glands could destroy the whole immune system, says doctor Rodger Coghill.

"The impressive short documentary film sheds light on the damage caused by the NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia with depleted uranium ammunition. While the military is well aware of the dangers of this weapon, civilian casualties are often inadequately helped. Depleted uranium weapons must be forbidden", says Professor Manfred Mohr, spokesman of ICBUW Germany


Ukraine | 2013 | 118’ | Fiction. Director: Vitaliy Vorobyov | Producer: Victor Mirsky. Original Language: Russian | Subtitle Language English and French, http://film.ua/en/production/filmsandseries/projects/241 Synopsis: April, 1986. Pripyat, Ukraine. A core meltdown occurred at Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Power Plant. Over thirty people died during the blast but the estimated death toll as a result of the radiation fallout will reach a four-digit number. This accident will be considered the world’s largest ecological disaster. Set at ground zero of a catastrophe, this film will reveal the details of the Chernobyl event. The shocking news of the explosion at the nuclear plant has spread, as the world watched the tragedy in fear and confusion. Hearts went out to those who displayed selfless courage and integrity in the initial efforts to stabilize the reactor power. But some were too busy being in love to notice what had just happened in nearby Chernobyl. The disaster has faded into the background... This is an account of love and loss, bravery and supernatural stoicism in the face of unbeatable odds.

"Сourage exceeding radiation levels!" "Inseparable is simply the best fiction movie I have ever seen about the Chernobyl desaster. Hard facts and good entertainment." Márcia Gomes de Oliveira, Executive Director Uranium Film Festival


Director Joachim Tschirner, Germany, 2010/2014, 35 min (Short version), Documentary in English, Portuguese subtitle, www.umweltfilm.de

The Uranium Mining and the production of Yellow Cake is the first link in the chain of nuclear development. It has managed again and again to keep itself out of the public eye. The third largest uranium mine in the world was located in the East German provinces of Saxony and Thuringia. Operating until the Reunification, it had the code name WISMUT - German for bismuth, though it supplied the Soviet Union exclusively with Yellow Cake. The film accompanies for several years the biggest clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining. www.yellowcake-derfilm.de


USA, 2010, 73 ', director Bill Keisling, Documentary, English

For much of the twentieth century the United States Department of Defense was a major production of radioactive waste. The Pentagon not only produced its own nuclear waste. For years, the Pentagon depended on an unknown number of private defense contractors to supply countless radioactive parts and equipment. In the mid-twentieth century, the U.S. government actually gave some of these defense contractors permission to dump radioactive waste on their private properties. The Pentagon seldom, if ever, disclosed the whereabouts of these dangerous nuclear dumps. The problem becomes one for the ages: many of these radioactive isotopes remain dangerous and "hot" for thousands of years, even as the radiation is invisible to unsuspecting victims. TRAILER: http://www.yardbird.com/reform_usa_not_for_public_release_dvd.htm


Denmark, 2010, 75 min, Director: Michael Madsen, Producer: Lise Lense-Möller / MAGIC HOUR FILMS, English 

Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to social changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. Michael Madsen:  "I am interested in the areas of documentary filmmaking where additional reality is created. By this I mean, that I do not think reality constitutes a fixed entity which accordingly can be documented - revealed - in this or that respect. Instead, I suspect reality to be dependent on and susceptible to the nature of it's interpre- tation. I am in other words interested in the potentials and requirements of how reality can be - and is – interpreted. The ONKALO project of creating the worlds first final nuclear waste facility capable of lasting at least 100 000 years, trans- gresses both in construction and on a philosophical level all previous human endeavours. It represents something new. And as such I suspect it to be emble- matic of our time - and it a strange way out of time, a unique vantagepoint for any documentary." Michael Madsen

URANIUM 238: THE PENTAGON'S DIRTY POOL (Uranio 238: La Bomba Sucia del Pentágono)

Costa Rica, 2009, 28 min, Director: Pablo Ortega, Producer Isabel Macdonald and San José Quaker Peace Center.

Uranium 238 depicts the hazards that the use of depleted uranium or DU in conventional weapons poses for the health of soldiers and civilians. Through interviews with soldiers, scientists and activists, the documentary explores the health hazards when this radioactive and toxic material is ingested or inhaled by people in the battle fields and shooting ranges. Based in scientific data this video has been used by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) as part of its international campaign to prohibit DU as a military component.


Director Lawrence Johnston, Producer Peter Kaufmann, Australia, 2013, 86 min, Documentary, English

In 1959 Stanley Kramer and Hollywood landed in Australia to film ON THE BEACH, adapted from Nevil Shute’s novel written as a consequence of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The production was a media circus, the public thrilled at the sight of Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck, but it ended in acrimony for Shute and Kramer. Meanwhile the Eisenhower administration, fearing the impact of the reality of nuclear war on the American people, attempted to obstruct the film's production and discredit it on release. FALLOUT pays tribute to Shute's cautionary tale for the potential of nuclear disaster, and the galvanising impact of a terror to which we have now become strangely inured. FALLOUT not only reveals the untold story of ON THE BEACH but also explores the resonance of both the novel and the film in the post Fukushima age as Shute’s prophesy becomes eerily prescient once again... 


Beating the Bomb, United Kingdom, 2010, 71 min. Produced and Directed by Meera Patel and Wolfgang Matt, Maddmovies Production, www.beatingthebomb.com, contact: maddmovies@gmail.com 

A story about the biggest weapons of mass destruction ever created, the people who use them and, more importantly, the people who fight them. 'Beating the Bomb' charts the history of the British peace movement against the backdrop of the atomic age. The film also frames the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. 

“Beating the Bomb” was selected by the Uranium Film Festival Jury as one of the eight best documentaries of the festival. 


Deadly Dust (Todesstaub), Germany, 2006/2007, 93 Min., Director: Frieder F. Wagner, English

The film accampanies Prof. Guenther, specialist for tropic diseases and epide- miologist, and his expert colleagues as they research on the effects of depleted uranium ammunition used in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, although long since banned by Hague and Geneve Conventions. The ammunition penetrates steel like a knife slices butter and then explodes into radioactive nanoparticles that disperse: Winds can carry them clear across our planet. Unnoticed by all in contact with them, they flow through bodies like water through a sponge, leaving behind a path of destruction through the cells they crossed. In their search for contaminated battle fields Prof. Guenther and fellow scientists discover, for example in Iraq, areas, in which radioactive contamination is 30.000 times higher than Earth`s natural radiation level. 



Ground Zero / Sacred Ground, USA, 1997, 9 min. Director: Karen AQUA 

In the southwestern United States lies Three Rivers, an ancient Native American rock art site where over 10,000 petroglyphs (pecked and incised images) were created by the Jornada Mogollon people between 900 and 1400 A.D. Thirty-five miles away, on the White Sands Missile Range, the world's first atomic bomb was detonated at the Trinity Site in 1945. The juxtaposition of these sites points to the striking contrast between the two worlds which created them: one which reveres and lives in harmony with the natural world, and one which, in striving to control the forces of nature, has created a means for its destruction. This animated film explores these opposing forces and their relationship and effect on one another.  




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