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Film Selection: The Nuclear Threat

High-level nuclear waste is the inevitable end result of nuclear energy production. The waste will remain radioactive and/or radiotoxic for at least 100 000 years. It is estimated that the total amount of high-level nuclear waste in the world today is between 250 000 and 300 000 tons. The amount of waste increases daily.

Radioactive waste is hazardous to all living organisms and exposure to radiation may result in death, incurable disease, as well as mutation of the genetic code. The security standards are based on theoretical assumptions, as humanity has no previous experience to build on with regards to radioactive waste. In Europe there is a security standard  of 100 000 years for the min. period that the waste must remain isolated from all living organisms. In the US it is 1 000 000 years.

into_eternity_xlg.jpgInto Eternity

Director: Michael Madsen

Year: 2010

Country: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy

Length: 75 min

Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world's first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.

Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand? And if they understand, will they respect our instructions? While gigantic monster machines dig deeper and deeper into the dark, experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future.

Buy the film: http://www.intoeternitythemovie.com/

 

countdownfinalposteryellow.jpgCountdown to Zero

Director: Lucy Walker

Year: 2010

Country: USA

Length: 89 min

Countdown to Zero is directed by Lucy Walker and produced by the Academy Award winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Lawrence Bender and Participant Media.

The film is a fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Countdown to Zero is a chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat. It tells the striking story of uncertainty, exposing the real possibility of nuclear disaster and revealing the truth behind an issue on which human survival itself hangs.

Watch the film: http://vimeo.com/23695591

 

BattleofChernobyl.jpgBattle of Chernobyl

Director: Thomas Johnson

Year: 2006

Country: France

Length: 92 min

The Battle of Chernobyl dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to "liquidate" the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth "sarcophagus." These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.

Watch the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18o_X696dYw

 

AtomicAlert.jpegAtomic Alert

Director: Thomas Johnson

Year: 2006

Country: France, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, USA

Length: 87 min

Thomas Johnson is an acclaimed director and producer working for Paris-based Play Film. Founded in 1995, Play Film is a production company working in documentary, institutional and fiction films. After five years dedicated to the distribution of a catalog comprising three hundred hours of films by writer/directors, Play Film initially chose to specialize in documentary film production. Since 2005, Play Film has expanded its production to include short and feature-length fiction films, as well as developing an institutional sector concerned with promoting the cultural, natural, nonmaterial and human heritage of public and private organisms.

Rent the film: http://screenzone.tv/products/atomic-alert

 

cherheart_poster_sm.jpgChernobyl Heart

Director: Maryann DeLeo

Year: 2003 

Length: 39 min

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred when a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, releasing 90 times the radioactivity of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sixteen years later, award-winning filmmaker Maryann De Leo took her camera to ground zero, following the devastating trail radiation leaves behind in hospitals, orphanages, mental asylums and evacuated villages. The Academy Award®-winning documentary short debuts immediately after the America Undercover special “Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable”.

Following Adi Roche, founder of Ireland’s Chernobyl Children’s Project, Chernobyl Heart opens in the exclusion zone, the most radioactive environment on earth. From there, Roche travels to Belarus, home to many of the children she seeks to aid. The film reveals those hardest hit by radiation, including thyroid cancer patients and children suffering from unfathomable congenital birth and heart defects.

Despite the fact that 99% of Belarus is contaminated with radioactive material, many people refuse to leave their homes behind. Asked why he would not move, the father of a radiation victim replies, “To leave the motherland where you were born and raised, where your soul is connected to the earth – I would not want to. To move to a new place is difficult, especially in terms of a job in Belarus and abroad.”

In Belarus, only 15-20% of babies are born healthy. Roche comforts children who are born with multiple holes in their heart, a condition known in Belarus as “Chernobyl heart.” A lucky few will have their heart problems fixed by Dr. William Novick, who heads the International Children’s Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with congenital or acquired heart disease in developing countries throughout the world. After saving the life of a young girl suffering from Chernobyl heart and being humbled by her parents’ gratitude, Dr. Novick affirms, “I appreciate this is a bit of a miracle for them…but we have a certain responsibility to these kids.”

Watch the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwGEsJg2MI

Films on the Nuclear Threat













Into Eternity



Countdown to Zero



The Battle of Cernobyl Atomic Alert Chernobyl Heart