The Chosen Ones - 2023

A Body in Fukushima
United States / Japan, 2021, Director Eiko Otake 
Art-Documentary, 114 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
"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 surreal landscapes of post-nuclear meltdown Fukushima, Japan. Otake edited the film and sound, which includes original music by Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington. Throughout their five visits from 2014 to 2019, Eiko is in constant dialogue with a post-apocalyptic environment as she navigates a changing terrain over five years.
Ågesta R3 - A ripple in time
Sweden, 2022, Directors David Hodge, Hi-jin Kang Hodge 
Short Documentary, 34 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles 
Ågesta R3 is Sweden's first commercial nuclear plant operating between 1964 and 1974.
It is being dismantled according to the Swedish nuclear 
industry practices for the clearance of material, rooms, buildings, and soil in accordance
with the Swedish Nuclear Activities Act and the Swedish Radiation Protection Act.
Atomic Hope - Inside The Pro-Nuclear Movement
Irleand, 2022, Director Frankie Fenton 
Feature Documentary, 83 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
ATOMIC HOPE is a feature documentary, following a tiny global 
movement of unpopular pro-nuclear activists, who strongly believe we need nuclear power in order to decarbonize our energy systems, before catastrophic climate change occurs. Intimately filmed over a ten year period, these advocates for nuclear energy come from all over the world; from Japan to Switzerland, America to Australia. But these individual activists face clashes and opposition at every juncture. Nuclear meltdowns, costs, radiation fears and nuclear waste are just some of the very serious issues which traditional environmentalists have against this technology. However, in the face of this pushback and conflict, they argue that “science and data is all we have”. It’s the science they base their environmental movement on, which directly challenges popular beliefs and myths around nuclear energy and these prevailing issues. So are they right? In the face of a very real climate emergency, with time ticking towards irreversible climate change - is it now time that people around the world pause to take a sober look at the science, stop the mass closure of nuclear power plants and fully reconsider nuclear energy as a viable solution to this ensuing catastrophe?
Poland, 2022, Director: Amadeusz Kocan, Producer: Amadeusz Kocan & Krystian Machnik
Feature Documentary, 60 minutes
Language: Polish, Russian, Ukrainian with Portuguese subtitles
    The film "Chernobyl: Men of steel" tells the story of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster from the point of view of the Samosely - the indigenous inhabitants of the villages depopulated by radioactive contamination. Not agreeing with the decision of the Soviet authorities, they returned to their villages, where they live out their days. There are only a few dozen of them left. They are dying out along with the story that the world did not want to hear so far. Among them are people who did not know what radiation was, as well as those who were directly involved in helping the first victims of a nuclear reactor explosion. According to various estimates, there were initially between 1,600 and 3,000 of them, but only a few dozen have survived to this day. These are very elderly people, cut off from stores, running water and sometimes even electricity. Despite this, they persistently defend their land and their beliefs.
France/Germany, 2022, Director Emi Dietrich 
Short Documentary,  25 minutes,  with Portuguese subtitles

Liquidators based in Borodyanka, Kharkiv and Ivankiv testify on their missions at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, the impact of radiations on their health, their situation nowadays and their views on nuclear power. Specialists bring their explanations.There are 3 versions, one in English, one in French and one in German.

UK, USA, Ukraine, 2022, Director: James Jones
Producers: Serhiy Solodko and Sasha Odynova
Executive Producer: Darren Kemp
 Feature Documentary, 96 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
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 a Cinema Eye Honors Award
Winner of  Royal Television Society Craft Award for Sound - Entertainment & Non Drama
Winner of the Broadcast Tech Innovation Award for Best Audio Post-production
USA, 2023, Directed by Douglas Brian Miller & Mark Shapiro. 
Producer Adam Rackoff, Written by Warren Etheredge & Mark Shapiro. 
Starring Martin Sheen, Claudia Peterson, Ian Zabarte, Patrick Wayne, Joe Musso, Lewis Black and Michael Douglas.
Documentary, 94 minutes, English

Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Mercury, Nevada? The latter was the site for the testing of 928 large-scale nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1992.  Downwind is the film about the movie that killed John Wayne. Half the cast and crew involved with the John Wayne film, „The Conqueror“, shot in 1954 and released two years later, died of cancer. They were the most high-profile victims of the fallout from atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site, which contaminated land, water and people. Although the film 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. Downwind is telling the stories of St. George citizens and activists harmed by the radioactive fallout from the Nevada Test Site.  Martin Sheen narrates this harrowing exposé of the United States' disregard for everyone living downwind. 

How Far From Ground Zero
United States, 2022, Director Brian Cowden 
Short Documentary, 30 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
How Far From Ground Zero shows the Nuclear Testing programs across the world and the impact on the indigenous communities, the veterans who took part and the civilians.
Inter-Continental Bunker Mission (I.C.B.M.)
Director Julian Vogel 
Feature Documentary 
Sweden/Korea/Scotland, 2021, 80 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
Two friends without a clue set out on a journey to survive the end of the world. An atomic cocktail of journalistic, archival, and D.I.Y. Bunker Building, I.C.B.M. addresses the ever growing survivalism trend, the personal price of survival, and the perpetual state of preparedness the world has found itself in since the birth of the atomic bomb.
Neutron bomb
Director Peter Kuran 
Feature Documentary 
United States, 2022, 90 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
We've all heard of the atomic bomb - but in the late 1950s, an idea was conceived of a bomb which would maximise 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.

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island

USA, 2022, Director Heidi Hutner, Producer Heidi Hutner & Simeon Hutner
Feature Documentary, 77 min. English with Portuguese subtitles

A documentary about the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown–the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history and about a battle of wills, hubris, and energy – atomic, maternal, moral, and feminist. At the prompting of an ecofeminism professor turned visual journalist, the four original “concerned” mothers, a two-woman legal team and a reporter, now all much older, wiser, and bolder, break open years of corporate silencing and nuclear industry doublespeak, and tell their stories about the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, the worst commercial nuclear reactor meltdown in U.S. history. And though this disaster took place in 1979, the life and death implications continue in the spiritual, physical, and political DNA of the community, its residents, and their descendants.

The film features Linda Braasch, Beth Drazba, Joyce Corradi, Paula Kinney, Jane Fonda, Joanne Doroshow, Michelle Lefever Quinn, Lynne Bernabei, Aaron Datesman, Mary Olson, Dan Steele Braasch, Lake Barrett, Dr. Renu Joshi, Aileen Mioko Smith, Ben Costa, Gene Stilp. Trailer:

Sew to Say 
Director Rakel Aguirre 
Feature Documentary 
United Kingdom/Spain, 2022, 69 minutes, English with Portuguese subtitles
Sew to Say tells the story of Thalia, an artist and banner maker who in the early 80s became part of a women-only peace camp at Greenham Common to stand against nuclear weapons. The film looks back at the longest feminist protest in British history.
Small and big
Director Zelimir Gvardiol 
Short Documentary 
Serbia, 2022, 33 minutes, Serbian with Portuguese 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…
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  
Feature fiction, 97 minutes, Language: Santhali  with Portuguese subtitles

In a uranium mining area of Jharkhand, 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.

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