Uranium Film Festival 2014
Uranium Film Festival runs from 20 March to 27 April 2014 in India, where it will screen program and Yellow Oscar winners from its 2013 edition.
Urânio em Movi(e)mento runs from 14 to 24 May 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.
The 4th International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) feature films chosen from more than 200 entries submitted from all over the world. The first ten films to be screened for the 2014 edition were announced on 2 April and the full list on 26 April, on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. From 20 March to 17 April in India, the IUFF showed Yellow Oscar winners from the 2013 edition. The 2014 edition will first be screened at the Rio de Janeiro's famous Modern Art Museum (MAM) from 14 to 24 of May 24. It will then move to Europe and the USA.
The International Uranium Film Festival is an annual festival dedicated to all films, short and feature documentaries, fiction and animated films about nuclear energy, atomic bombs, nuclear accidents, uranium mining, depleted uranium weapons and radioactive risks. The best short, feature and animated films of the festival are awarded with the "Yellow Oscar".
Some of the selected feature and short films raise issues of business and human rights:
Inheritance, Margaret Cox, UK, 2013, 10 min, English
After Queen Elizabeth II had been the first person to switch on nuclear power, at Calder Hall in Cumbria in the nineteen-fifties...she began a series of calculated investments in the mining of uranium around the world. The British monarchy, with the help of Rio Tinto’s CEO Tiny Rowland, would once again control and asset-strip Africa, by controlling its pipelines and extracting uranium to tip bombs and cruise missiles, to use in foreign wars. These missiles would deposit a permanent land contaminant that could destroy an enemy’s ecosystem by degree. The British attack on Fallujah, Iraq, illustrates this, where children have subsequently been born with severe birth defects.
The Fight For Greenland, Espen Rasmussen, Norway, 2013, 8 min, Greenlandic (English subs)
Greenland's vast natural resources, ranging from oil and gas to uranium, rare earth and iron ore, have remained largely inaccessible under thick layers of ice, making them too difficult and expensive to extract. But with a receding ice sheet and new transport routes opening through the Northwest Passage these prized materials have now placed Greenland at the threshold of a potential commodities boom that could see the territory transformed. This potentially paves the way for companies like the Australian mining consortium Greenland Minerals and Energy (GME) to start digging for deposits of rare earth in places like the Kvanefjeld mountains near the town of Narsaq on the west coast of the territory. In places like Narsaq, opinion is starkly divided over the issue.
Fukushame: The Lost Japan, Alessandro Tesei, Italy, 2012, 64 min, Italian
A travel both into the “No Go Zone” of Fukushima and in Japanese people’s feelings and believes after the reaction to nuclear disaster. March 11, 2011: Japan was struck by one of the most violent earthquakes ever recorded then proceeded by a Tsunami. Waves exceeded every security barrier and damaged Fukushima’s Central Nuclear Power Plant provoking huge amounts of radioactive particles throughout Japan. A restricted area with a 20 km diameter, the No-Go Zone, was immediately evacuated and declared an off-limits territory. Seven months after the disaster photographer Alessandro Tesei succeeded in entering the forbidden area. Fukushame has gathered images from Tesei’s trip, numerous interviews of both common people and politicians and special contributions of scientific explanations of great significance.
The Horses of Fukushima, Matsubayashi Yoju, Japan, 2013, 74 min, Japanese (English subs)
In Minami-soma, 20 km from the Fukushima No. 1 reactor, horses have historically been an important part of local life. Third-generation rancher Mr. Tanaka had 40 horses within the 20-km radius of the nuclear plant. In March 2011, he was forced to evacuate immediately after the nuclear accident, and had to abandon the horses. Only some weeks later could he re-enter the restricted zone, to find many horses starved to death and others suffering from trauma and disease. Over months, the filmmaker films the horses in proximity while he helps take care of Mr. Tanaka’s remaining horses on his farm in the restricted zone. The film focuses on the animals and their fate to tell the story of Japanese society and what it lost by buying into nuclear power.
Women of Fukushima, Yumiko Hayakawa, Japan, 2014, 56 min, Japanese (English subs)
Setsuko Kida lost her way of life due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster on 11th March 2011.The Japanese government has claimed to have resolved the disaster, but even now irradiated water continues to flow directly into the sea. Even the very fear of radiation invisible to the eye has caused rifts in communities and families.Determined to prevent a second Fukushima, Setsuko has come to speak out. And as we hear her words what are we to think and how are we to live?