Fukushima & Nuclear Power Plant Risks (Uranium Film Festival)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Abita. Children from Fukushima
Germany, 2012, 4 min, animation, English subtitles, Directors: Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner
Abita tells the story of children in Fukushima who can't play outside anymore because nature is contaminated with radioactive elements. To play outside is only a dream.
Forbidden Ground Fukushima
Japan, 2012, 57 min, documentary, Japanese with English subtitles, Director and Producer: Kazunori Kurimoto
The film documents the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Outside the 20 kilometer exclusion zone, life appears to continue as before. But things have changed. Interviews with the former governor of Fukushima, a resident who briefly returns, and others who were affected reveal that the real danger is invisible.
Rotten Rock (Pedra Podre)
Brazil, 1990, 26 min, documentary, Portuguese with English subtitles, Directors: Eve Lise Silva, Ligia Girão, Stela Grisotti and Walter Behr
This first documentary about Brazil's nuclear power plants, Angra 1 and Angra 2, which were built in the Atlantic Rainforest region south of Rio de Janeiro, ironically shows that the official safety and evacuation plans to protect the local population in case of a nuclear meltdown are just a joke. Even worse, Angra 1 and Angra 2 are constructed on a beach which the indigenous population calls Itaorna – the Rotten Rock.
India, 2013, 27 min, documentary, Marathi/English with English subtitles, Director: Pradeep Indulkar
Tarapur Nuclear Power Project, India's first civil nuclear establishment, displaced villagers when it started its work around 50 years ago. When the protagonist visits the villages, he sees thousands of people without their traditional jobs, lands, or homes, and lacking water, electricity, medical facilities and schools. He realizes that although he pays his electric bill, the real cost of power is paid by the unknown and innocent people he just encountered.
8:30 pm: Panel discussion with film director Pradeep Indulkar, Simone Peter (German Green Party Chairwoman), and Yuko Tonohira (local organizer). Moderator: Linda Gunter (Beyond Nuclear)
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.