IUFF in Las Vegas

Rio de Janeiro's Uranium Film Festival for the first time in Las Vegas

April 30 & May 1, 2024, The Beverly Theater / www.thebeverlytheater.com

This year's International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) in the USA has reached its final destination: Las Vegas. At the Beverly Theater, the festival of the atomic age will show 11 extraordinary films about nuclear power, uranium mining and their consequences free of charge over two days: April 30 & May 1. Several filmmakers such as Adam Horowitz and Jan Haaken will present their films in person.

Since March, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) is touring North America with stops in the USA and Canada of films beyond Oppenheimer that provide witness and understanding of what happened to real people since the beginning of the nuclear age, the start of the Anthropocene, where human activity is the dominant influence on the environment, since Trinity, the first nuclear weapon test. The Native Community Action Council (NCAC) is hosting the final North America stop of IUFF at the Beverly Theater in downtown Las Vegas on April 30 & May 1, 2024. Eleven films are slated including DOWNWIND, NUKED and Demon Mineral. “The NCAC is hosting the film festival to create awareness of nuclear risks, hazards and threats we all unknowingly endure” said Ian Zabarte, NCAC Secretary. “We are all dowinders,” He added in reference to the film DOWNWIND documenting the radioactive fallout upon the Shoshone people, as well as other Americans. The NCAC conducts outreach and education to Native Americans and research into health consequences known to be plausible from exposure to radioactive fallout. In 2008, NCAC research led to contentions and legal standing in licensing of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

After Trinity, the first nuclear weapon test, the US moved to the Pacific detonating sixty-seven nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) documented in the film NUKED then, returned to the US mainland detonating 928 nuclear WMDs on unceded treaty lands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians. “Newe Sogobia is the Western Shoshone homeland, not a wasteland,” said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.

“As Americans, it is our constitutional duty (Art. 6, Sec. 2) to respect our peace treaty obligations, the supreme law of the land.” There are 523 unremediated uranium mines on the Navajo Nation documented in the film Demon Mineral that supplied uranium for the Cold War and nuclear industry. The Dine’ people need these harmful radioactive mine sites cleaned up then, permanently closed.

The IUFF in Las Vegas runs for two days from 3 pm to 10 pm with the showing of eleven amazing atomic films and is FREE and open to the public on a first come basis. A donation is suggested.

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About the festival

Founded in 2010 by the Brazilian social scientist Márcia Gomes de Oliveira and the German environmental journalist Norbert Suchanek, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) is dedicated to all nuclear topics and the entire nuclear fuel chain, from uranium mining to nuclear waste, from nuclear war to nuclear accidents. In the last 13 years, Uranium Film Festivals have been held not only in Rio de Janeiro annually but also in several other countries and cities such as Berlin, Lisbon, New Delhi, Montreal, New York and Washington DC.  It has been twice, 2013 and 2018, in Window Rock, ABQ and Santa Fe. Since 2016, when the International Uranium Film Festival was hosted at the famous Raleigh Studios for the first time in Hollywood, LA, it is also known as Atomic Age Cinema Fest.

See also: Nuclear films touring across USA/Canada

Navajo Nation Hosts Launch of Int’l Uranium Film Festival’s N. American Tour

Contact for more information

Norbert G. Suchanek
International Uranium Film Festival 
General Director and Co-Founder
Email: norbert.suchanek@ uraniumfilmfestival.org
Márcia Gomes de Oliveira
International Uranium Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Email: uraniofestival@ gmail.com
Libbe HaLevy 
Ambassador of the International 
Uranium Film Festival to the USA
Los Angeles
Photo: Ian Zabarte in the film Downwind