International Uranium Film Festival

The International Uranium Film Festival[1] was founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, and has traveled to Germany, Portugal, India[2] and the United States. This educational event merges art, ecology, environmentalism and environmental justice, to inform the public about uranium mining and milling, nuclear power issues, nuclear weapons and the nuclear fuel cycle from "cradle to grave" life-cycle assessment - and the effects of radioactivity on humans and other species.[3][4][5][6] The festival founders and principal organizers are Norbert Suchanek and Marcia Gomes de Oliveira. The legal organizer of the International Uranium Film Festival is the arts and education non-profit "Yellow Archives".[7] The organizers and the festival participants seek to educate and activate the international public on these issues through the dynamic media of film and video.[8]

Montage of film stills from the Film Festival

Film themesEdit

Photo of Ed Grothus' The Black Hole surplus company by Jeff Keyzer, 2009

The films shown typically have content that critiques and analyzes uranium mining, milling, and use, and the effects there of on land, water and human health. A key objective of the festival is to inform cultures and future generations about the effects of radioactivity and radioactive materials.[9] Public education and open discussion of these matters may lead to a more peaceful, healthy future, and hold promise to promote a safe, sustainable future without nuclear risks.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The Atomic Age nuclear world has produced millions of metric tons of high-level, low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste during the past sixty years.[18][19] This waste will remain hazardous for over 100,000 years.[20] Other themes explore atomic legacy issues, including the research, development, testing and use of nuclear weapons.[21] Many of these events affected specific populations including the Marshall Islanders, Native American cultures in the U.S. Southwest and Northwest, First Nations in Western Canada, among others.[22]

Films on nuclear issuesEdit

  • Abita. Children from Fukushima, Directors: Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner, Germany, 2012, 4 min, English subtitles, animation
  • Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth, Director: Peter Greenaway, UK/The Netherlands, 2011, 13 minutes
  • Atomic Footprints,[23] Director: Pip Starr, Australia, 2007,[24] 14 min, English
  • Atomic Ivan, Director: Vasily Barkhatov, Russia, 2012, 91 min, English subtitles
  • Buddha Weaps in Jadugoda, Director: Shriprakash Prakash, India, 1999, 55 min
  • Cesium in my Blood, Director: Lars Westman, Sweden/Brazil, 2009, 70 min
  • Children of Uranium, Director: Adina Popescu, Romania, 2009, 64 min, English subtitles
  • Enola, Director: Christoph Boekel, Germany, 1986, 28 min, English subtitles
  • Forbidden Ground Fukushima, Director: Kazunori Kurimoto, Japan, 2012, 57 min
  • Hibakusha, Director: Steve Nguyen & Choz Belen, USA, 2012, 54 min, English, with animation
  • High Power, Director: Pradeep Indulkar, India, 2013, 27 min, English subtitles
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki Download, Director: Shinpei Takeda, Mexico/Japan, 2010, 73 min, Japanese/English
  • Iraq: Fallujah's Sacrificed Children, Director: Feurat Alani, France 2011, 48 min, French
  • Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1, Director: Adam Jonas Horowitz, USA, 2012, 87 min
  • Nuclear Waste, Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine, 2012, 25 min, English subtitles
  • Slouching Towards Yucca Mountain, Director: Eve Andree Laramee, USA, 2011, 17 min, English subtitles
  • The Atomic States of America, Directors: Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, USA, 2011, 92 min, English
  • The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area?, Director: Christopher McLeod, USA, 1983, 58 min, English
  • The Return of the Navajo Boy Epilogue, Director: Jeff Spitz, USA, 2008, 15 min
  • The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age, Director: Robert Richter, USA, 2012,40 min, English subtitles
  • U 4 Uranium?, Director: Shanny Haziza, Israel, 2012, 54 min, English subtitles
  • Under Control, Director: Volker Sattel, Germany, 2011, 98 min, English subtitles
  • Uranium - To Die For, Director: Shanny Haziza, Israel, 2012, 54 min, English subtitles


The legal organizer of the International Uranium Film Festival is the arts and education non-profit "Yellow Archives".[7] This charitable organization is registered in Rio de Janeiro and officially recognized by the Brazilian Government. Partners of the festival are the Heinrich Boell Foundation[25] Brazil, Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art MAM-Rio[26] and the Technical State School for TV, Cinema, Tourism and Events - Adolpho Bloch of the Foundation for Education and Science FAETEC.[27]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Mumbai, DNA (February 9, 2013). "International Uranium Film fest is here from February 11". DNA Analysis. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  3. ^ National Cancer Institute. "Study Estimating Thyroid Doses of I-131 Received by Americans From Nevada Atmospheric Nuclear Bomb Test". National Cancer Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
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  5. ^ Smith, Noel Lyn (2013-11-30). "International Uranium Film Festival kicks off Monday in Window Rock, Ariz". Daily Times. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  6. ^ Klauk, Erin. "Impacts of Resource Development on Native American Lands". Human Health Impacts on the Navajo Nation from Uranium Mining. Carleton College. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
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  8. ^ Suchanek, Norbert and Gomes de Oliveira, Marcia. "Films at the 3rd Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro". Uranio em Moviemento. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  9. ^ United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. "SOURCES AND EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION" (PDF). UNSCEAR 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  10. ^ Norrell, Brendon. "Navajo Uranium Film Fest Day 2 article and videos". Censored News: Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  11. ^ Linford, Laurent (2000). Navajo Places. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press.
  12. ^ Uranium mining and the Navajo people
  13. ^ Miller, Alexandra (2007). "Review: The Navajo People and Uranium Mining". Environmental Health Perspectives. 115 (4): A224. doi:10.1289/ehp.115-a224a. PMC 1852667.
  14. ^ Norrell, Brendan. "International Uranium Film Festival coming to Navajo Nation". Censored News: Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  15. ^ The Pavilion THeater. "Uranium Film Festival 2014". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  16. ^ "International Uranium Film Festival". Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  17. ^ Heinrich Böll Stiftung. "The International Uranium Film Festival is Coming to Washington DC". Goethe-Institut Washington DC. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  18. ^ IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA-TECDOC-1591. "Estimation of Global Inventories of Radioactive Waste and Other Radioactive Materials" (PDF). IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency. Retrieved June 2008. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ Office of Environmental Management. "Cleanup Sites". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Decay and Half Life". Integrated Environmental Management, Inc. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  21. ^ Singer-Vine, Jeremy, Emshwiller, John R. Parmar, Neil, and Scott, Charity. "Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  22. ^ Emshwiller, John R. and Singer-Vine, Jeremy (October 30, 2013). "A Nuclear Cleanup Effort Leaves Questions Lingering at Old Sites Questions". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  23. ^ Atomic Footprints (2007 Video). YouTube. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  24. ^ "Atomic Footprints (2007 Video)". IMDb entry. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  25. ^ HBS European Union Office. "Germany - Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation Overview". GEF: Green European Foundations. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  26. ^ Museus do Rio. "Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro - MAM-Rio ( Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro- MAM-Rio)". Museus do Rio. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  27. ^ Governo do Rio de Janeiro. "FAETEC É INDICADA AO PRÊMIO PERSONALIDADE EDUCACIONAL 2011". Governor of Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 2 February 2014.