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The Twin Threats of Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation- new documentary with Noam Chomsky

New Documentary by ChomskySpeaks.org with Noam Chomsky Challenges Establishment over Twin Threats of Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-documentary-by-chomskyspeaksorg-with-noam-chomsky-challenges-establishment-over-twin-threats-of-climate-change-and-nuclear-annihilation-300743226.html

Renowned public intellectual calls out Democrats and Republicans for escalating nuclear dangers and decries Republican Party “dedicated to the destruction of life”  NEWS PROVIDED BY
ChomskySpeaks.org 

Nov 02, 2018 BOSTONNov. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Executive Producer Randall Wallace and Director Patrick Jerome launch the online documentary, “Noam Chomsky: Internationalism or Extinction” on the website: http://ChomskySpeaks.org. Based on a lecture by the public intellectual who is often described as the “most quoted living intellectual,” the documentary brings both the activist energy and desperate concerns of climate change and nuclear escalation that are causing mass extinctions.

Against these dire realities, Noam Chomsky surveys “the internationalism” of inter-state cooperation and social movements as solutions. He notes the complicity of both Democratic and Republican parties in escalating nuclear tensions and nuclear proliferation.  At the same time, he condemns the Republican Party for profit-driven policies leading to climate-altering, carbon pollution. The documentary is a compelling and urgent warning explaining such ideas and tools as “the Anthropocene,” “the Doomsday Clock,” “species extinction,” “internationalism,” “denialism,” “non-proliferation,” “NATO expansion,” “climate accords,” and “climate debt” among many others.

Many non-partisan organizations collaborated in organizing the original lecture upon which the documentary is based; several also supported the production of the documentary as a starting point for further analysis. These included peace movement organizations in collaboration with the Boston-based movement-building center, encuentro5 (http://encuentro5.org) and the democracy movement’s Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution (http://LibertyTreeFoundation.org). The video adds to their efforts at expanding the public conversation about vital issues of the day. A grant from the Wallace Action Fund supported the documentary.

Chomsky concludes his lecture with sober reflection on the urgent challenges facing humanity: “The tasks ahead are daunting and they cannot be deferred.” Media Contact:

Suren Moodliar 
617-968-0880 
204337@email4pr.com   SOURCE ChomskySpeaks.org, Related Links   http://chomskyspeaks.org

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November 5, 2018 Posted by | climate change, politics, Resources -audiovicual, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Radioactive Contamination – podcast

Ocean Radioactivity Transfer to Land, Food, People: UK Marine Pollution
Expert Tim Deere-Jones.    Nuclear Hotseat 3rd Oct 2018 
http://nuclearhotseat.com/2018/10/03/ocean-radioactivity-transfer-land-food-people-uk-marine-pollution-expert-tim-deere-jones-nh-380/

October 22, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

The Low Level Radiation and Health Conference

Rik Garfit-Mottram 26th Aug 2018 The Low Level Radiation and Health Conference was set up in 1985 by members
of the public keen to find out more about these issues. Since its
inception, the conference has invited those carrying out research to
present their findings in an accessible way to members of the public and
those with an interest.

Thanks to Professor Carmel Mothersill we were able
to run on our event from one she organised for the International Union of
Radioecologists and kindly some of the IUR speakers stayed on to present.
In addition, Rik offered to film the entire event.

The first video has links to another 9:

  • Wildlife impacts: Recent findings concerning germline
    mutations in bugs and humans, Prof Tim Mousseau, University of South;
  • Biological effects of long-term chronic exposure: a case study on Scots
    pine populations around Chernobyl, Prof Stanislav Geras’kin, Head of
    Laboratory of Plant Radiobiology and Ecotoxicology from the Russian
    Institute of Radiology and Agroecology;
  • Organ damage from exposure to
    infrasound, Prof. Mariana Alves Pereira. She worked with the chief medical
    officer for the Portuguese Aeronautical Industry;
  • Gender Matters in the
    Atomic Age, Mary Olson, US Nuclear Information + Resource Service, NIRS.
  • Update on the situation with nuclear power in the USA. Mary Olsen, Nuclear
    Information and Resource Service.
  • Radiation Monitoring in the USA. Tim
    Mousseau, University of South Carolina. The Welsh Connection. John
    Urquhart. The ARGUS Monitoring Project. Graham Denman
  • Fracking and Waste
    Water Treatment in the UK. John Busby, Dr Ian Fairlie, given by Jill
    Sutcliffe.
  • Video 1 Chair: Prof David Copplestone, University of Stirling
    Alice Stewart1 Lecture, Biophotons. Prof. Carmel Mothersill, McMaster
    University, Canada.https://youtu.be/K2mmfiXpM6s

October 18, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

“Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1”- SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2018

SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2018

“Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1” and “Atomic Artist” Pasatiempo, Michael Abatemarco

      Oct 12, 2018

NUCLEAR SAVAGE: THE ISLANDS

    OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1  

      Documentary, not rated, 87 minutes

    ATOMIC ARTIST  Short documentary, not rated, 27 minutes

    Santa Fe’s own Adam Horowitz, producer, writer, and director of Nuclear Savage, begins this unsettling documentary on secret radiation experiments conducted on Pacific Islanders with a brief history of the Marshall Islands, from the first European contact there to the devastating tests on Bikini Atoll starting in 1946. Early in the film, footage is shown of the Castle Bravo detonation over the atoll, a 15-megaton hydrogen blast that, in addition to its deleterious impact on the environment, took an immediate and lasting toll on the health of human populations. In the 12 years after that first test, the U.S. government detonated nearly two dozen such devices in the area. That number increased to 67 by the end of the Cold War. The race to remain ahead of the Soviets in the development of nuclear weapons became the justification for denying the islanders the privilege of their humanity, with government officials choosing instead to regard them as simple savages.

    Parts of the islands remain uninhabitable, their residents unable to return to their homes due to high levels of radiation. They live in squalor on other islands, displaced by the thousands. The Marshallese government official in charge of foreign affairs from 2008 to 2009, when the film was in production, calls for greater scrutiny of U.S. documents that were declassified in 1993. These files lend weight to suspicions of cover-ups on the part of the American government concerning the deliberate radiation poisoning of island inhabitants. Horowitz presents credible evidence and does a fine job tying information that’s been available to the public for years with new information gleaned from the government’s Project 4.1, strongly implicating it as a top-secret operation to study radiation effects on unwitting subjects.

    It’s hard to refute the eyewitness testimony recounted in the documentary. One islander, a middle-aged woman, states plainly and wistfully, “They wanted to find out what would happen to us from the bomb. They used us as human experiments.” Video footage is shown of islanders from Rongelap Atoll who were exposed to heavy fallout from the Bravo blast and suffered severe radiation burns. No action was taken to see that the several hundred inhabitants of Rongelap were evacuated before the test. Young children were born with deformities or cancer, people’s hair fell out, and islanders began dying of cancer at alarming rates.

    Nuclear Savage is compelling, disturbing, thought-provoking filmmaking, in which Horowitz contrasts the idyllic music and customs of the islanders with footage of horrific events. Funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications, a public broadcasting company that provides programming to PBS, Nuclear Savage is a damning look at America’s presence in the Marshall Islands, and is an important, timely documentary. The film has won numerous awards at international festivals, including several jury prizes, and was an official selection at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. An official screening was sponsored by the United Nations in 2015 in conjunction with nuclear nonproliferation hearings…………

    Jean Cocteau Cinema; “Atomic Artist” precedes “Nuclear Savage” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Screenings include Q&As with the filmmakers.  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/movies/nuclear-savage-the-islands-of-secret-project-and-atomic-artist/article_744df6d9-bfa7-5c2

    October 13, 2018 Posted by | environment, OCEANIA, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    French film docuementary – “Nuclear power – the end of a myth”

    Public Senat 22nd Sept 2018 By 2028, 34 of the 58 reactors will be celebrating their fortieth
    anniversary, the maximum operating age set during the construction of the
    park. EDF over-indebted does not have the means to replace these reactors
    at the end of their life.

    This film tells how France, by political choice,
    became totally dependent on nuclear energy until it got into a dangerous
    impasse. This film also shows that, at the same time as the aging of
    nuclear power plants, several strategic dams at EDF are showing some
    worrying signs of weakness.

    Who were the players in this nuclear power
    strategy? How was it imposed behind the scenes of the State, what were the
    key moments? What are the real reasons and risks today for extending the
    life of the fleet in operation? A rigorous investigation at the heart of
    the French nuclear machine with the testimonies of the various actors of
    the sector.
    https://www.publicsenat.fr/emission/documentaires/nucleaire-la-fin-d-un-mythe-132557

     


    Liberation 21st Sept 2018, [Machine Translation]
    The utopia of French nuclear energy dismantled, from
    the “Messmer plan” to the EPR. Public Senate broadcasts this Saturday night
    “Nuclear, the end of a myth”, a new docu supported on the flaws of the atom
    industry. A useful light at a time when the government must decide on the
    future of its reactors. The demolition of the French nuclear “model” and
    its national narrative has become a popular subject. After the Big Lie seen
    on Arte (who attacked the taboo of an attack on power plants) and Impasse
    broadcast by France 5 (which told how the damn shipyard EPR reactor is
    “sinking” EDF), here is Nuclear, the end of a myth, that we can discover
    this Saturday at 9 pm on Public Senate.
    https://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/09/21/l-utopie-du-nucleaire-francais-demantelee-du-plan-messmer-a-l-epr_1680417

    September 26, 2018 Posted by | France, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    Renowned Uranium Film Festival 2018 headed for the American SouthWest

    2018 URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/2018-uranium-film-festival-in-the-american-southwest

    THE INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE DINÉ NATION WITH ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS THROUGHOUT ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO

    The issue of nuclear power is not only an issue of the Navajo Nation, who suffered for decades because of uranium mining. All people should be informed about the risks of uranium, nuclear weapons and the whole nuclear fuel chain, states International Uranium Film Festival’s Director Norbert G. Suchanek. In an effort to keep people informed and aware, particularly during this critical time of escalating nuclear threats, the International Uranium Film Festival returns to the U.S. Southwest.

    Following screenings in Berlin Germany, the U.S. Southwest tour of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival will begin at the Navajo Nation Museum on November 29th with screenings in Window Rock, Navajo Nation, USA scheduled for November 29th and 30th and December 1st. The Festival travels to Flagstaff, AZ for December 2nd screenings, then on to Albuquerque, NM for December 6th screenings. Grants, NM will host December 7th screenings with the Festival’s touring closing in Santa Fe on December 9th.

    We are currently selecting the films which will comprise the International Uranium Film Festival. We encourage especially Native American and women filmmakers to send their films about uranium mining or any nuclear issue to the Festival. The selected films will be shown not only in the Navajo Nation Museum but also in venues in Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Grants and Santa Fe. The best productions will receive the Uranium Film Festival´s award in Window Rock.

    We extend our most sincere gratitude to the Levinson Foundation for their support, making this Festival possible. Festival partners and co-organizers of the Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest are the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, the SW Indigenous Uranium Forum and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE).

    The schedule for the U.S. Southwest tour of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival is as follows: 

    November 29th and 30th and December 1st, Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 & Post Office Loop, Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ
    December 2nd, Flagstaff, AZ
    December 6th, Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave, Albuquerque, NM
    December 7th, Grants, NM
    December 9th, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM

    See here the first selected films.

    Further information / Contact
    Norbert G. Suchanek
    General Director
    International Uranium Film Festival
    info@uraniumfilmfestival.org(link sends e-mail)
    www.uraniumfilmfestival.org

    Anna Marie Rondon, Executive Director
    New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute
    505-906-2671 (c)
    nmsjei@gmail.com

    September 21, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | 2 Comments

    Japan might sue journalist over his coverage of Fukushima, in Dark Tourist series

    Japanese authorities mulling legal action over Kiwi journalist David Farrier’s Fukushima coverage in Dark Tourist series, https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/entertainment/japanese-authorities-mulling-legal-action-over-kiwi-journalist-david-farriers-fukushima-coverage-in-dark-tourist-series  Kiwi journalist David Farrier has come to the attention of authorities in Japan a segment of his Netflix series Dark Tourist, filmed in Fukushima.

    The Fukushima Prefectural Government and the Reconstruction Agency are looking to take legal action over the video over concerns it will stoke “unreasonable” fears of radiation in the Fukushima Prefecture, the Japan Times reports.

    A senior official from the prefecture said they were “examining the video content”.

    In the episode, Farrier is filmed taking a tour of areas affected by the 2011 meltdown of a nuclear plant in Fukushima where he suspects a meal served from a restaurant in Namie, a town in Fukushima Prefecture, has been contaminated by radiation.

    It also shows the journalist enter a no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant without permission from authorities, reporting from an abandoned game arcade, and tourists on a bus becoming distressed over rising radiation levels without information about the vehicle’s location.

    The show has the journalist travel to different locations around the world associated with grim historical events, including the footsteps of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Milwaukee, and voodoo rituals in Benin, West Africa.

    September 3, 2018 Posted by | civil liberties, culture and arts, Japan, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    NHK’s new documentary, Meltdown: Cooling Water Crisis

    Fukuleaks 27th May 2018 , NHK’s new documentary, Meltdown: Cooling Water Crisis provides new
    insight into a series of less known events in the Fukushima disaster.
    Between March 18 – 21 of the 2011 disaster, white and black smoke was
    seen leaving the unit 3 reactor well in significant quantities. At the time
    TEPCO claimed they didn’t know a reason. At the time a few radiation
    readings outside the plant caused concern that the two things were related.
    All of this was mostly ignored by TEPCO and the press. New investigative
    research supported by NHK TV found a series of significant events that shed
    light on what happened during these later days of the disaster
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16683

    July 27, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    HBO miniseries will examine the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine

    Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard Join Jared Harris in HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Miniseries  The five-parter for HBO and Sky will examine the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/emily-watson-stellan-skarsgard-join-hbos-chernobyl-miniseries-1095463 – MARCH 19, 2018  by Etan VlessingEmily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard are headed to Chernobyl.

    The Breaking the Waves stars have boarded the five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine with Mad Men star Jared Harris, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

    Chernobyl will see Watson play the role of a Soviet nuclear physicist looking to solve the mystery beyond the natural disaster, while Skarsgard will perform the role of a Soviet-era bureaucrat in the energy ministry. Watson and Skarsgard co-starred in Lars Von Trier’s 1996 drama Breaking the Waves, which earned Watson a best actress Oscar nomination.

    Harris was earlier announced to star as Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident. The Chernobyl project dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

    The limited series is described as a “a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility,” that will look closely at how and why the nuclear disaster happened as well as the heroes who fought and fell during that time.

    Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) will write and Johan Renck (Breaking BadThe Walking Dead), will direct.Mazin will exec produce with Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) and Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch), with Renck and Chris Fry (Humans) attached to co-exec produce.

    The project continues HBO’s investing in miniseries and limited series, and comes several months after the cabler struck a $250 million production partnership with Sky. The two had previously worked together on the Jude Law-starrer The Young Pope, which has been renewed for a second season.

    Watson is repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group, while Skarsgard is repped by ICM Partners and Curtis Brown Group.

    April 18, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – THE FIRST FILMS SELECTED 

     http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/uranium-film-festival-2018-the-first-films-selected  

     ATOMIC HOMEFRONT(LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    USA, 2017, Director: Rebecca Cammisa, 100 min, Documentary,  English, Trailer https://www.atomichomefront.film(link is external)

    The City of St. Louis has a little known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the Atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two communities: those nestled along Coldwater Creek – and in Bridgeton, Missouri adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill. Another tragic and bizarre occurrence has been unfolding in Bridgeton, Missouri. In 1973, approximately 47,000 tons of the same legacy radioactive waste was moved from Latty Avenue and was illegally dumped into a neighborhood landfill named West Lake. This landfill became an EPA Superfund site in 1990. For the last seven years, an uncontrolled, subsurface fire has been moving towards an area where the radioactive waste was buried. Atomic Homefront is a case study of how citizens are confronting state and federal agencies for the truth about the extent of the contamination and are fighting to keep their families safe.

    HALF LIFE: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S LAST URANIUM MILL (LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    USA, 2016, Director: Justin Clifton, Documentary, 12 min, English

    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. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/161080821(link is external)

    NABIKEI(LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    India, 2017,  Director Shri Prakash, Documentary, English, 66 min

    The American Southwest—especially the sovereign Indigenous nations of Acoma, Laguna, and the Diné or Navajo Nation—has a long history of uranium mining. Once home to a booming economy and proudly called the Uranium Capital of the World, these Indian reservations and poor White communities are now littered with old mines, tailings dams, and other uranium contamination, which is the legacy of this deadly industry.  On the Navajo Nation alone, there are more than 500 abandoned uranium mine sites that need to be addressed. This film explores how colonialism, which came to the Southwest with Spanish conquest, has changed face in modern time, as it is played out in a new quest for mineral resources. Contaminated land, water, and air have left these poor communities helpless. Their  efforts to gain justice have failed. Indigenous and poverty-stricken communities who suffered the most are trapped and exploited, as new mining companies continue to disregard the health and environment of these people with the lure of a better economy, jobs and new In Situ Leach uranium mining methods. Unfortunately, this is the same sad story repeated in other parts of the world including India, but in India it is the government itself undertaking the enterprise and repeating the same degradation in Jadugoda (Jharkhand).

    SHRI PRAKASH is the first filmmaker from Jharkhand to bring a National Award in 2008 for his film ‘Buru Gara’ also his regional language fiction film ‘Baha’ received first international award for the state 2010. Using audio visual medium as a tool for social transformation and empowerment, National Award winner film maker, teaching film studies in St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. https://www.facebook.com/Shriprakash23(link is external)

    TALE OF A TOXIC NATION(LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    USA, 2018, Director Louis Berry, Producer Louis Berry, Documentary, 12:30 min, English

    Tale of a Toxic Nation is the story of a nation rich in resources but weak in political influence. The Navajo Reservation has been left with over 500 abandoned uranium mines, toxic surroundings and an impossible clean up. The story has never been more relevant under an administration threatening to reinstate uranium mining in the area. https://vimeo.com/258337365(link is external)

    BOBBY BROWN HOMELANDS – LIVING WITH THE LEGACY OF BRITISH NUCLEAR TESTING(LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    Australia, 2015, Produced and Directed by Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius, MAV Media
    in Association with NITV (National Indigenous TV Australia). Documentary, 5 min, Australian English and Australian Aboriginal (Antikirrinya), English subtitles Trailer: https://vimeo.com/119231410(link is external)

    In the 1950’s and 1960’s the Australian government authorised British Nuclear testing at Emu Field and Maralinga in Outback South Australia. We journey with Antikirrinya Elder, Ingkama Bobby Brown to his homelands in outback South Australia where he explains the legacy of living with British Nuclear testing – how he witnessed the first tests on the Australian mainland at Emu Field (1953) and experienced the devastating affects of radioactive fallout on his family, people and country. This is the first time Bobby has spoken out about what he witnessed when he was a boy – what happened to his family and country and the people who went missing – during British Nuclear testing. British Nuclear testing was a breach of the King’s Letters Patent, the founding document that established the state of South Australia (1836), which granted Aboriginal people the legal right to occupy and enjoy their land for always. How could they occupy and enjoy their land when their land was being blown up and irradiated by nuclear fallout. www.kingsseal.cosm.au (link is external)

    KUANNERSUIT / KVANEFJELD(LINK IS EXTERNAL)

    UK, 2017, Directors Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena, Producer Lise Autogena, Documentary, 30 min, Danish and Greenlandic with English subtitles, Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/214697146(link is external)

    Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway’s film Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld 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 richest rare earth mineral resources deposits in the world, and one of the largest sources of uranium. Greenland is a former colony of Denmark, which is now recognised 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. For generations the farming near Kvanefjeld has been Greenland’s only agricultural industry. This way of life may soon be threatened, as Greenland considers an open pit mine proposed by Greenland Minerals and Energy, an Australian company. The mine would be the fifth-largest uranium mine and second-biggest rare earth extraction operation in the world. Autogena and Portway’s film portrays a community divided on the issue of uranium mining. It explores the difficult decisions and trade-offs faced by a culture seeking to escape a colonial past and define its own identity in a globalised world.

    More films soon!

    The Uranium Film Festival welcomes any support. Join us. 

     

    April 2, 2018 Posted by | media, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    Documentary “Atomic Homefront” delves into St. Louis-area radioactive landfill – nuclear weapons before people

    ‘Atomic Homefront’ unboxes the cruel consequences of Missouri’s radioactive landfill, The Daily Dot —Feb 18 

    February 17, 2018 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual, USA, wastes, weapons and war | Leave a comment

    The International Uranium Film Festival

    The Uranium Film Festival & The Perils of Nuclear Power, Clean Tecnica, December 27th, 2017,  by Carolyn Fortuna , “……..The International Uranium Film Festival is dedicated to all films about nuclear power and its associated risks of radioactivity. This educational event merges art, ecology, environmentalism, and environmental justice as it informs the public about uranium mining and milling, nuclear power issues, nuclear weapons, and the nuclear fuel cycle. The dynamic media of film and video allow organizers and festival participants to educate and activate the international public as it brings together cultures and generations around the effects of radioactivity and radioactive materials.

    Founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro by Norbert Suchanek and Marcia Gomes de Oliveira, the visual exhibition has traveled to nine countries around the world and has successfully organized about 60 Uranium Film Festivals. The films typically have content that critiques and analyzes uranium mining, milling, and use and the effects those processes have on land, water, and human health. The dialogue that results, hopefully, can lead to a more peaceful, healthy future and hold promise to promote a safe, sustainable future without nuclear risks……..

    • Uranium is radioactive and can therefore increase the likelihood of cancer in exposed individuals.
    • Uranium is a heavy metal that can have toxic effects (primarily on the kidneys) if it enters the bloodstream through ingestion or inhalation.
    • Depleted uranium hexafluoride (depleted UF6).    UF6 can react with moisture in the air to produce HF, a corrosive gas that can damage the lungs if inhaled.

    In addition to the radiological and chemical health risks associated with depleted UF6 cylinders, there are also risks of industrial accidents and transportation-related accidents during handling, storage, or transport of depleted UF6.

    In addition to the radiological and chemical health risks associated with depleted UF6 cylinders, there are also risks of industrial accidents and transportation-related accidents during handling, storage, or transport of depleted UF6.

    The Atomic Age nuclear world has produced millions of metric tons of high-level, low-level, and intermediate-level radioactive waste during the past sixty years. This waste will remain hazardous for over 100,000 years. The Union of Concerned Scientists reminds us that the 2011 accident at Fukushima was a wake-up call about the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

    We are at a turning point in which many investors are shying away from fossil fuels as energy sources due to their imminent status as stranded assets because of the serious risk they pose to our health and our environment. Shockingly, however, nuclear power is gaining appeal for investors looking for a fast return. Nuclear power is being pitched by some financial planners as “necessary” and — are you ready for it? — “actually good for the environment.”

    Solar power, wind power, geothermal power, hybrid and electric cars, and aggressive energy efficiency are climate solutions that are safer, cheaper, faster, more secure, and less wasteful than nuclear power. The Uranium Film Festival can help people around the world to understand how our transition from fossil fuels to an equally dangerous source is not a climate solution.

    The Uranium Film Festival honors the best and most important films about uranium with trophies produced by Brazilian waste-material-artist Getúlio Damado, who lives and works in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro.

    Submissions to the Next Uranium Film Festival

    The upcoming International Uranium Film Festivals planned for 2018 are in Rio de Janeiro (May/June 2018) and in Berlin (October 2018). If you’re interested in submitting an entry to the 2018 Uranium Film Festival, be sure that you restrict your narrative to productions dealing with nuclear power, radioactivity, and the use of radioactive elements like uranium.

    Sample subjects are:……..

    The Thinking Behind the Uranium Film Festival

    The Festival’s must-see documentaries and movies that are rarely shown in TV or in film theaters give nuclear filmmakers a global audience. A further important achievement of the Festival is a first-ever film archive and documentation center dedicated to all films about the nuclear fuel chain and radioactivity: the Atomic Cinematheque, or the Yellow Archive.

    Every year, the Festival receives new invitations from all over the world to introduce its films to other cities and countries like Australia, Greenland, Tanzania, Spain, or Scotland. This is only possible through the kindness of donations from like-minded concerned individuals and other non-profit organizations. The organizers do kindly ask for your support, welcoming any donation and distribution.

    The Uranium Film Festival is a project against forgetting and ignoring. The horror of atomic bombs and uranium weapons, and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Goiânia, or now Fukushima, should never be forgotten — nor repeated. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/27/uranium-film-festival-perils-nuclear-power/

    December 30, 2017 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    The “apocalyptic twins” – nuclear and climate: new book – Climate Swerve

    A Star Psychiatrist Swerves From Nuclear Armageddon To Climate Change, Robert Jay Lifton studied Nazi doctors and the threat of nuclear annihilation. But global warming changed everything. Huffington Post , Alexander C. KaufmanBusiness & Environment Reporter, HuffPost  27/11/2017 NEW YORK ― Robert Jay Lifton has spent his life trying to understand some of the most unfathomable milestones of the 20th century.
    The famed psychiatrist and author started his career in the mid-1950s studying Chinese government-sponsored brainwashing, or “thought reform.” In the ’60s, he began interviewing survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, becoming obsessed with how the human mind copes with the possibility of nuclear annihilation. By the late ’70s, he turned his focus to the doctors responsible for the Nazi regime’s human experiments, men who occupy a uniquely revolting niche in popular culture.

    At 91 years old, he has arrived at his most daunting subject yet: climate change. In his latest bookThe Climate Swerve, Lifton examines humanity’s struggle to understand what’s happening, how to deal with it, and why powerful people and institutions sabotage attempts to avoid destruction of the planet.

     “The climate threat is the most all-encompassing threat that we human beings face,” Lifton said in an interview last month. He walks hunched with a cane now, but sports a mop of long, wavy white hair. He peered through dark, thick-rimmed glasses out the window of a book-stacked office in his modest Upper West Side apartment, located just blocks from Trump Tower. “The nuclear threat is parallel to it in many ways … but the climate threat includes everything.”
    In other parts of the world, little doubt exists over the similarities between nuclear weapons and climate change, which Lifton calls the “apocalyptic twins.” The Marshall Islands served as a U.S. testing site for atomic weapons throughout the 20th century. The Pacific archipelago nation bears the scars of that experience today, with entire islands vaporized in hydrogen bomb blasts and high rates of cancer linked to radioactive contamination. Now the country struggles with rapidly rising sea levels, which swallow large habitable areas, make storms more destructive, and salinate freshwater supplies necessary to farm breadfruit, a staple crop.

    The phrase “climate swerve” gives name to the increasingly ubiquitous sense of awareness that global warming is happening, and humans have something to do with it……..

    “I consider the climate serve a movement toward the recognition of climate danger and what I call species awareness ― awareness of ourselves as a single species in deep trouble,” Lifton said. “The swerve is toward that recognition, that consciousness.”………

    I came upon the idea of malignant normality in studying Nazi doctors. If a Nazi doctor was assigned to Auschwitz, it was normal, it was expected of him that he would do the selections of Jews for the gas chamber. Take a leading role in the killing process in a reversal of healing.

    With climate change and nuclear weapons, there is also a malignant normality. With nuclear weapons, it’s that the weapons should be stockpiled, maybe even used if necessary because that’s the way you carry through deterrence. Deterrence always carries a willingness to use them in certain conditions. So therefore we should be ready with our duck-and-cover drills to carry out a nuclear war, survive it, win it and carry on with life. These are absurdities that became part of nuclear normality…….

    With climate, climate normality was in the everyday practice. We were born into climate normality. This is the world which we entered and in which we live now and which continues. If we allow it to continue as it is now, it will result in the end of human civilization within the present century. I came to the idea of malignant normality that has to be exposed for its malignancy. Intellectuals and professionals have a particular role, what I call witnessing professionals, bear witness to the malignancy, the danger, of what’s being put forward to us as normal and as the only way to behave. That’s happening more but we need a lot of additional expression of resistance on the part of intellectuals in protest and activism.

    Bearing active witness against malignant normality in climate, nuclear threat or anything else, requires protest and activism. I believe in the combination of scholarship and activism and have tried to live by that in my own work…….http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/robert-lifton-climate_us_5a186457e4b0649480742c6b

    November 27, 2017 Posted by | resources - print, Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    Radioactive waste danger at St Louis, USA – new film ‘Atomic Homefront’

    ‘Atomic Homefront’: St. Louis Residents Fire Back at EPA Over Local Nuclear Waste  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/atomic-homefront-clip-nuclear-waste-st-louis-doc-watch-video-1058118 The film, which premieres at the Doc NYC festival, follows a group of moms-turned-activists as they confront government agencies and corporations over the illegal dumping of radioactive waste in their neighborhood.

    A group of concerned St. Louis residents confront representatives from the Army Corps and EPA over the safety of their neighborhood, in light of nuclear waste being dumped in a nearby landfill, in an exclusive clip from the HBO documentary Atomic Homefront.

    The film, which is set to premiere at the Doc NYC festival on Wednesday (Nov. 15) before opening in New York on Friday (Nov. 17) and airing on HBO early next year, follows a group of moms-turned-activists in the St. Louis area as they take on the government and corporations over the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in their community in a desperate bid to protect their families from the toxic effects of radioactive waste.

    In the clip, the residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, gather at a meeting with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA and the residents, many of whom are moms, grow frustrated at the officials’ inability to explain the risk facing their community and suggestion that their neighborhood is a safe living area. The residents are afraid that radioactive particles could become airborne once an uncontrolled, subsurface fire reaches the nuclear waste.

    November 15, 2017 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

    Fukushima ghost towns abandoned after 2011 nuclear disaster revealed by filmmakers

     http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/fukushima-nuclear-disaster-ghost-towns-video-abandoned-film-crew-japan-daiichi-power-station-a8029271.html

    ‘It’s heartbreaking to see how people fled and left all their belongings behind,’ says Bob Thissen

    Jon Sharman A film team that specialises in surreptitiously accessing abandoned places has produced new footage showing the ghost towns left behind after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    The trailer for “Abandoned Fukushima”, a new series by the Exploring the Unbeaten Path group, shows cobweb-covered supermarkets still filled with 2011-era products and classrooms where children’s bags and coats are still hanging.

    The area was ravaged by a huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March of that year, which led to successive meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate and exclusion zones remain in place.

    In the most dangerous areas access is restricted and people travelling through are not allowed to stay overnight.

    But the film crew, led by Dutchman Bob Thissen, captured handheld and drone footage of the abandoned, irradiated areas while dodging police and constantly measuring contamination levels.

    “It’s heartbreaking to see how people fled and left all their belongings behind,” Mr Thissen told RT. New episodes in the Fukushima series will be posted to YouTube.

    Mr Thissen has previously made headlines for sneaking into the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and filming the rusting hulks of abandoned Buran space shuttles created by the Soviet Union.

    November 2, 2017 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment