USA | 2014 | 27’ | Documentary.
Director: David Mcmurry | Producer: Bradley Beesley, Ep, Ben Steinbauer.
Original Language: English / Subtitles French
Synopsis: Atomic City is a meditation on the town of Arco, Idaho, the first city in the world lit electrically with atomic power. On July 17th, 1955 an experimental reactor lit the town’s lights for just over an hour in the middle of the night. This moment in time is celebrated yearly at Atomic Days, which includes a ping pong ball drop, parade down Main Street and an all-class reunion. Arco used to be on the glowing edge of a future filled with clean energy, jobs and unlimited growth, but this vision of the future never materialized. Today Arco’s peaceful nuclear heritage has been overshadowed by disasters like Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. 60 years later, Arco is a town of under 1000 residents, struggling to survive.
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