The International Uranium Film Festival for the first time in Norway
"You won't leave the way you came!"
Festival Program & Films
An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. The film features at number 68 on IMDBs top 250 movies of all time, and received 4 Oscar nominations in 1965.
Thursday 25th of August
Marshall Islands, 2018, Directors Dan Lin & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, poem video, English, 6 min.
Discussion, drinks and Q & A with Paul Griego from New Mexico
Paul Griego was a radiochemist and health physics technician during the 1977-1980 Marshall Islands Atomic Cleanup. He lived and worked in the Marshall Islands while performing the radiological survey. His work was used to determine what radioactive soil and debris was placed in a nuclear blast crater to be encased in the concrete Runit Dome. The Atomic Cleanup was an official humanitarian mission and Paul's mission is not over. Today he is a researcher, advocate, and consultant for the Marshall Islands and the New Mexico State Commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans.
Directed by Nicholas Meyer Country of Origin: United States Completion Date: 1983, Running time: 127 mins
In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes (Jason Robards) maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein (Steve Guttenberg) is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town's residents are thrust into the horrors of nuclear winter. The film changed public opinion on the Cold War and became the most watched made-for-TV movie of all time.
Cinemateket i Bergen
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Curator of the festival in Bergen is Morgan Mackay.
A filmmaker and festival director originally from outback Australia. Morgan now lives in Norway where he works with extreme sports films. He is also a student of International Relations and has a keen interest in Nuclear Disarmament. He has chosen to bring the event to Norway to help raise awareness about the horrors of Nuclear War.
The Uranium Film Festival Bergen 2022 - Background
The Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year has brought the dark specter of nuclear war back into the public spotlight. However despite the end of the cold war decades ago, the danger of nuclear war has been ever present since 1945. In recent years we have witnessed nuclear states spending trillions on new weapons and world leaders who threaten to use them. Many experts believe that the risk of a nuclear war breaking out today is as high or higher than during the cold war.
The International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) was founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 to raise public awareness about nuclear dangers. The first edtion of this in the world unique film festival happened in May 2011. Since that dozens of Uranium Film Festivals were organized around the globe. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Norway is working in collaboration with the Uranium Film Festival to bring this event to Norway for the first time in 2022. History has proven that public opinion actively shapes political policy. Now is the time when we need to engage with each other and our leaders, to shape policy that creates a safer world for us all.
The films we are screening seek to educate, inform and motivate our guests. We have chosen a program that combines cinema and TV classics with recent documentaries. Some of them are comical and some are deeply horrifying, but all are a must watch for anyone interested in learning more about the reality of nuclear warfare. The founders and directors of the International Uranium Film Festival are Márcia Gomes de Oliveira and Norbert G. Suchanek.
International Uranium Film Festival
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301
Rio de Janeiro/RJ
Top photo by Morgan Mackay