Uranium Film Festival 2018 in Flagstaff


Native American Cultural Center, Northern AZ University - Entry Free

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 5 pm  

Dignity at a Monumental Scale

USA, 2018, Director Kelly Whalen, Producer KQED Arts, Art-documentary, English, 8 min -  Chip Thomas is Street Artist and primary care physician at the Inscription House Health Clinic, located in the western part of the Navajo Nation. He knows fatal effects of uranium mining on Navajo workers — many of whom Thomas has cared for in the clinic. In his free time, Thomas installs massive photo murals on and off the reservation to document day to day Navajo life.

Too Precious to Mine 

USA, 2017, Director Justin Clifton, Documentary, English, 10 min - The Grand Canyon is an irreplaceable natural treasure. 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.  

To Dig Or Not To Dig: The Battle For Greenland 

Director Espen Rasmussen, Norway, 2013,, documentary, Danish & Norwegian, English subtitles, 8 min -  October 2013 the Greenlandic parliament narrowly voted to lift a 25 year ban on the mining of uranium which it inherited from Denmark, its former colonial power.  ”To Dig or Not to Dig” tells the story about the town of Narsaq in South Greenland, which is in the centre of the global battle for minerals. 


UK, 2017, Directors Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena, Producer Lise Autogena, Documentary,  Danish and Greenlandic with English subtitles,  30 min - The film is a work in-progress, forming the first part of the artists’ long-term investigation into the conflicts facing the small, mostly indigenous community of Narsaq in southern Greenland. Narsaq is located next to the pristine Kvanefjeld mountain - site of one of the largest sources of uranium. Greenland is a former colony of Denmark, which is now recognized as an “autonomous administrative division” of Denmark, supported economically by the Danish state. Many people see exploitation of mineral deposits as the only viable route to full independence. Farming near Kvanefjeld is Greenland’s only agriculture. This way of life may soon be threatened, as Greenland considers an open pit mine. The mine would be the fifth-largest uranium mine and second-biggest rare earth extraction operation in the world. The film portrays a community divided on the issue of uranium mining. 

Q & A and Panel discussion about uranium mining with Filmmakers Lise Autogena, Justin Clifton & Klee Benally


Márcia Gomes de Oliveira & Norbert G. Suchanek
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