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Nuclear & Electrical Energy Disasters & Issues

A Question of Power

Documentary on the history of the nuclear power controversy and the antinuclear movement focusing on the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant in California and anti-nuclear demonstrators such as the Sierra Club and Mothers for Peace and their views and suggestions for alternative sources of energy. Produced by David L. Brown, Jane Kinzler and Tom Anderson. 1986. 58 min.

Arlit, The Second Paris (Arlit, deuxi`eme Paris)

A case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25, 000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. A film by Idrissou Mora Kpai. 2005. 78 min.

Bhopal: The Second Tragedy.

More than ten years after "the world's biggest chemical disaster," there remain unresolved serious issues of unpaid damages, legal accountability, environmental reform and institutional failure on the part of Union Carbide, the chemical industry, and the US and Indian governments. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 54 min.

Bound by the Wind

Discusses the effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially the effects on the human population. Features victims of radioactive fallout from these tests. Includes interviews with victims who live near the test sites as well as those who live downwind of the sites, the "downwinders." Produced by David L. Brown. 1993. 59 min.

Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks (Glasnost Film Festival).

This film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in1986. They shot continuously for more than three months. Portions of the film are exposed with white blotches--a radiation leakage. 1987. 53 min.
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Chernobyl: The Taste of Wormwood.

A Japanese documentary about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which includes on-site photography of the blast site and of people and areas affected. Also included are interviews with victims, bystanders, medical personnel who treated burn victims, physicists, and politicians. 1987. 52 min. [preservation copy]

Clouds of Doubt

Explores the issue of the safety of atomic bomb test conducted by the United States in Nevada in the 1950's. Official denials of health hazards are contradicted by the comments of scientists such as Linus Pauling, John Gofman, and Richard Mancuso who insist the Atomic Energy Commission knew the risks involved. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1979. 50 min. ; in storage NRLF: B 4 175 117

Deadly Deception.

Expose of the human and environmental effects of General Electric Company's nuclear weapons facilities. Plant workers have been poisoned by radiation and asbestos; neighboring homes have experienced cancers and birth defects. Shows the activists who are working to inform the public and stop the company's dangerous activities. Producer/director, Debra Chasnoff Academy Award for Best Documentary. Dist. New Day Films. c1991. 29 min.
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Electric Valley

Presents the fifty-year controversial history of the Tennessee Valley Authority, focusing on the officials who led it and the people whose lives were touched by it. 1983. 89 min.

Into Eternity: A Film for the Future

The first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions posed by the storage of long-term nuclear waste. Structured as a message to future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo underground waste repository now being built in Finland, one of the first nuclear waste storage facilities. Once the repository is full in about 100 years, it will be closed and sealed 'forever'. Director, Michael Madsen. Dist.: The Video Project. Includes TV version (58 min.), theatrical version (78 min.) and trailer.

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