Uranium Film Festival 2012

Uranium Film Festival runs from 4–12 October in Berlin

Urânio em Movi(e)mento runs from 28 June–14 July in Rio de Janeiro

The 2nd international Uranium Film Festival will begin a few days after the start of Rio+20, at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro.  The Uranium Film Festival is the only international film festival dedicated to documentaries and movies about the whole nuclear fuel chain, nuclear energy, uranium mining, atomic bombs, depleted uranium ammunition and radioactive risks.

Between 28 June and 14 July the festival will screen over 50 independent documentaries and movies from all continents, and host meetings and debates with film directors and special guests. This year satellite Uranium Film Festivals are planned in India and Germany, after the event in Rio.

Some of the selected feature and short films raise issues of business and human rights:

Buried in Earthskin,Helena Kingwill, South-Africa, 2009, 50 min, English & Africaans

“Inspired by a dream of nuclear waste as a malignant tumour in the earth's skin a woman journalist sets off on a road trip. She follows the route taken by the trucks carrying nuclear waste from the nuclear power plant in Cape Town to their destination in the pristine semi-desert region of Namaqualand. There she meets men and women of the Nama-Khoi tribe, who live in the area, and listens to their untold stories. Over 8 years, her investigation leads her to the homes of other communities living and working in close proximity to nuclear facilities - from nuclear fuel manufacturing plants to nuclear waste dumps and future nuclear power plant sites. Buried in Earthskin subtly demonstrates how energy and political power go hand in hand, and gives a voice to marginalized indigenous peoples who have paid the ultimate price for decisions made (about where we get our electric power) for the sake of political and financial power.”



Jabiluka, David Bradbury, Australia, 1997, 63 min, English, Production: Frontline Films

“Jabiluka tells the story of the Mirarr Aboriginal people's opposition to another uranium mine on their country in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. It was pivotal in mobilising public opposition to the mine. The mine was halted.“



Uranium – is it a country?  Tracking the origins of nuclear power, Kerstin Schnatz, Isabel Huber, Stephanie Auth,Germany/Australia 2008, 53 min, English/Portuguese subtitle

“Where does nuclear energy come from? This documentary takes a look at the footprints of nuclear energy. The Olympic Dam uranium mine in Australia is run by the multinational corporation BHP Billiton. Uranium mining is very lucrative and the demand for it is booming. The spokesperson for the Australian Uranium Association talks of a bright future. He claims that Australia has the potential for 15 to 20 new uranium mines. An indigenous resident speaks of the impact the mine has on the environment in which he lives. On the other side of the world, nuclear energy is a subject of debate. A French researcher measures radiation from nuclear sites and uranium transportation. In Germany the state secretary for the ministry of the environment points out that nuclear energy is not suited to stop climate change.”



Toxic Neglect, Moushumi Basu, India, 2011, 9 min, English

“Located on the ancestral lands of the Santhal, Munda and Ho Peoples in Jharkhand, India, Jadugoda is home to almost all of India's Uranium reserves. Moushumi Basu reports on a shocking story that the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) and the Government of India doesn't want you to know about. Toxic Neglect was produced for Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE). The short documentary about Jadugoda is a candid story narrated by the villagers themselves before the camera.”



Jadugoda – The Black Magic, Shriprakash, India, 2009, 9 min, English

Jadugoda is an area in the state of Bihar populated by Adivasi (tribal peoples of India). It first came into prominence when uranium deposits were discovered in the area, since Jadugoda is India's only underground uranium mine. The film documents the devastating effects of uranium mining by Uranium Corporation of India Limited in Jadugoda. For the last thirty years, the radioactive wastes have been just dumped into the rice fields of the Adivasis. The 10-minutes short documentary based on a recent study conducted by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD Patna chapter) in and around villages of Jadugoda uranium mine with help of JOAR(www.jadugoda.net). IDPD is Indian chapter of Germany / US -based International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW- Noble Peace prize winner Organization).  This video shows the plight and harass realities of the health conditions of people who lives near to the Jadugoda mine, mill and tailing dam, which the UCIL (Uranium Corporation of India limited) always deny on any effect of radiation on the local population.”



Dirt Cheap 30 Years On: The Story of Uranium Mining, Ned Lander, Australia, 1980-2011, 51 min, English/Gunwinku, subtitled in English

“Uranium mining was imposed on the Traditional Owners of Kakadu, Australia in the late 1970s and the controversial Ranger mine commenced production in 1981.  Three decades later Kakadu uranium is still shipped out of Darwin to fuel nuclear reactors in Japan, Europe and elsewhere.  The film includes rare footage of Mirarr Senior Traditional Owner Toby Gangale stating clear opposition to mining on his country and documents his prescient concerns about uranium. It shows how the Federal Government overrode the human rights of Kakadu's Traditional Owners in order to impose a toxic industry in a World Heritage Area.

The film provides a unique insight into a story that continues to generate heartache and headlines today.”



Blowin’ in the Wind, David Bradbury, Australia, 2005, 62 min, English, Production: Frontline Film Foundation

“Blowin in the Wind is about the US military use of depleted uranium weapons since the first Gulf War. It is an expose of what the arms' manufacturers are doing with the radioactive waste of the nuclear power industry. They are making bullets, bombs and bunker busters from it...and firing it around the globe. Blowin' was shown theatrically around Australia and created a minor controversy. It premiered at the Sydney and Brisbane International Film Festivals. It helped secure for Bradbury the coveted Charles Chauvel award for his contribution to the Australian film industry and the Stanley Hawes award (2008).”