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From Fukushima, Japan to a small mining town in Colorado, two new documentaries explore the dramatic impact of Nuclear Power on communities across the globe.
A film by Atsushi Funahashi

96 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
In Japanese w/English Subtitles

March 11, 2011: A huge tsunami triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees." The devastation experienced by the town—dead livestock left to rot, crops abandoned, homes and businesses destroyed— was infinitely worse than anything reported by the newspapers. A year later, many refugees are still unable to return to contaminated homes. The irony of this disaster occurring in a nation that experienced two nuclear bombs is not lost on the victims who poignantly question their responsibility for striking a Faustian bargain with nuclear power. Nuclear Nation examines the tragedy of Fukushima, and also whether it could one day be replicated on a grand scale—perhaps in your own backyard.

“This film will force you to reassess all the arguments for and against nuclear power.”
- The New York Times

“Worthy and troubling. Director Atsushi Funahashi uses his camera as silent witness to what, up to now, has not been fully seen and acknowledged.” -

“An assured and sobering documentary. Employing straightforward, music-free aesthetics that express the grim realities of his story, Funahashi captures both grief and outrage in equal measure, all of it tinged with the displaced and desolate citizens' regret over having predicated their fates on the very energy-source technology that cost them so much during WWII.” - The Village Voice

DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack
UPC: 720229915755 | Catalog #: FRF915755D | $24.95 | Prebook: September 30 | Street: October 21
A film by Suzan Beraza

70 minutes, documentary, color, 2013

DVD Extras: Deleted Scenes • Resources Slide

Will a small Colorado town return to the "glory" days of the past - mining and milling uranium?

Uranium Drive-In is the story of Naturita, Colorado, an economically devastated rural mining community that finds itself hopeful for the first time in decades. Their potential salvation: a new uranium mill, the first of its kind built in the U.S. in 30 years. A mill that would re-connect to Naturita to its proud history—supplying the uranium used to build the first atomic bomb, which ushered in the Nuclear Age. And now, a greener energy source to help free America from its dependence on foreign oil. But others in the town are worried about the severe health and environmental consequences of the last uranium boom.

Uranium Drive-In brings to light an American West whose iconic landscape is subject to the immense destruction that is the consequence of our national energy policy decisions. The film offers a range of perspectives that will spark dialogue about where our energy comes from and what sacrifices we make to meet our growing energy demands.

“Beyond its provocative subject matter, we were especially impressed by the delicate and complex manner in which the film balances opposing perspectives.”
- Basil Tsiokos, Senior Programmer, DOC NYC

“8/10. Follows all sides of the controversy.” - PopMatters

“Captivating...from mass consumerism to a small community's livelihood, 'Uranium Drive-In' takes a more personal approach to an environmental issue.” - TakePart

DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack
UPC: 720229916223 | Catalog #: FRF916223D | $24.95 | Prebook: September 30 | Street: October 21
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