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Documentary film updates + your input

May 1, 2011

1.  We just learned of a documentary film project called RADIOACTIVISTS.  Click here to check out the new blog for this project, and we can all look forward to seeing the film when it’s ready. Thanks for the info, Julia!  And thanks to Tamara for the hook-up!

2.  It looks like Kamanaka-san will be in Montréal long enough to do two events, one on May 24 and one on May 25.  We are still hoping to get a transcript of at least one of her films in time to make French subtitles.  (She is in Germany and on the road now, so things are taking a little time to coordinate.)

We want to screen two of her films since she can be here a bit longer than we expected.  The tough part is deciding which two to screen while she is here.  Here are short descriptions and clips of three of her films we are considering.  You can help us with this decision-making process by voting for the one you’d like to see the most.  Since we’ll need time to plan and publicize the screenings, please cast your votes by May 5.  We don’t have film clips with English for Rokkashomura and Ashes to Honey, unfortunately, but all our screenings will have English (and hopefully French too).

Hibakusha at the End of the World (1999)

This film introduces audiences to people who have been impacted by radiation in three places:  children exposed to radiation from U.S. depleted uranium weapons in Iraq, downwinders of the Hanford Nuclear facilities in Washington (U.S.), and survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan).

Rokkashomura Rhapsody (2006)

This film chronicles the development of a plutonium (fuel) reprocessing plant built by Nihon Genen in northern Japan.  Like other communities where folks were already struggling to get by, many people in Rokkashomura have been made dependent on the reprocessing plant for employment.  The film addresses Nihon Genen’s information campaigns, as well as local opposition to the plant.

Ashes to Honey (2010)

This is Kamanaka-san’s latest film.  Ashes to Honey focuses on community resistance to nuclear power from a small island community in Japan that has resisted nuclear power for three decades to organizing for sustainable energy projects in Sweden.

HAPPY MAY DAY!!

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