San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Atomic States of America
USA, 2011, 92 min, documentary, English, Directors: Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce
In 2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in 32 years, heralding an anticipated “renaissance.” But that was before the Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power. The Atomic States of America journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.
5:30 pm: Reception
USA, 2012, 12 min, documentary, English, Director: Sam Price-Waldman
Just outside Grants, New Mexico is a 200-acre heap of toxic uranium waste, known as tailings. This film is a cinematic investigation into the pile that is gravely shaping the lives of those who are stuck living in its shadow.
Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium
Germany, 2010, 108 min, documentary, English, Director: Joachim Tschirner
Over a period of several years, this film accompanies the biggest clean-up operation of uranium mining in Wismut, the third-largest uranium mine in the world, located in the East German provinces of Saxony and Thuringia. It also takes the viewers to big mines in Namibia, Australia and Canada.
8:30 pm: Panel discussion with film director Sam Price-Walton and Joachim Tschirner (via Skype). Moderator: Rebecca Bertram (Heinrich Böll Foundation)
About the Uranium Film Festival:
The world’s growing and increasingly urbanized population, with its demands for an easy lifestyle, is driving the global demand for energy. What are the best energy sources? Oil and shale gas have their downsides. Isn’t nuclear energy, with no carbon footprint, the best solution?
The International Uranium Film Festival is the first annual film festival to highlight nuclear and radioactive issues. A number of award-winning films will be accompanied by thematic discussions including input from the film directors themselves and from internationally-renowned nuclear experts.
Each screening will be introduced by curators Norbert Suchanek and Marcia Gomes de Oliveira, in conversation with filmmakers via Skype. In cooperation with the Uranium Film Festival Team and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
When & Where
The Goethe-Institut Washington organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and that further intercultural exchange.