Uranium Film Festival 2018 in Tucson

Thanks to the Physicians for Social Responsibility, Arizona, Tucson is part of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival circuit. December 12th we will screen in Tucson three films about risks and legacy of uranium mining and radioactive contamination. Entry Free.

International Uranium Film Festival in Tucson, YWCA Tucson, Frances McClelland Community Center.

Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30 pm 


Director Justin Clifton presents his films Too Precious to Mine and Half Life: The Story of America's Last Uranium Mill. Justin Clifton is a native of the American Southwest who has dedicated the past decade of his career to advocacy film, first as director of Mountainfilm on Tour and now as a filmmaker whose work is centered around environmental and conservation issues. He produced and directed three films focused around the protection of landscapes in southeastern Utah as part of the "Our Canyon Lands" campaign for land conservation,

Too Precious to Mine  

USA, 2017, Director Justin Clifton, Documentary, English, 10 min, 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.“

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. “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. „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...

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

Q & A with Filmmaker Justin Clifton and Panel discussion with Janene Yazzie, Diné /Navajo, Sustainable Development, Coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council,  Amy Juan, Tohono O'odham Community Organizer and Kathy Altman, PSR-Az.

YWCA Tucson, Frances McClelland Community Center 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745 
Kathy Altman, PSR-Az,  kathyaltman.tucson@gmail.com
Márcia Gomes de Oliveira & Norbert G. Suchanek
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