Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste is placed in interim storages which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters and to societal changes. In Finland the world's first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock -- a huge system of underground tunnels that must last hundreds of thousands of years. Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures?
By charting the history of the anti-war movement against the political backdrop of the atomic age, Beating The Bomb examines the current state of 'nuclear deterrence' brought about by the nuclear age stemming from the end of World War II, when the United States nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Specifically, the anti-nuclear movement and the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958 amongst others, fight for and end to the British Nuclear Weapons program, which from its inception, was closely tied to The Manhattan Project and still is to this day...
The Nuclear Comeback embarks on a tour of the nuclear industry, documenting some of the most 'famous' nuclear facilities worldwide -- the control room of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the UK's Calder Hall, a nuclear waste repository under the Baltic Sea, the Ranger uranium mine in Australia, and one of only two nuclear waste "recycling plants" in the world. In addition of the links to nuclear weapons, the nuclear industry has a reputation for accidents and cover-ups. What are the 'risks'? What to do with the 100,000+ year legacy of dangerous radioactive waste? Is this insane?
In Europe, nuclear energy is popularly celebrated as the best way to "save the climate". Of course, there are benefits, but can it really save the climate? Nuclear power stations run on uranium and the by-products are harmful and controversial, not to mention the many dangerous effects of mining for the mineral on the environment and humanity...
Focusing specifically on mines in Canada, Uranium examines the hazards of uranium mining, the toxic and radioactive waste involved at every stage of the process, as well as the wholistic way that indigenous communities have been violated and destroyed by mining and refining practices throughout the country and the world...
Today, many governments are still promoting the idea that nuclear power is an attractive alternative to fossil fuels and the magic fix to climate change. Nuclear power has seemingly taken on a clean and green spin from the low point 20 years ago which saw incidents like the Chernobyl meltdown and Three Mile Island. Traversing five countries -- China, France, UK, Japan and Australia, A Hard Rain takes a closer look at the global nuclear industry in its entirety -- from uranium mining through to the nuclear power plant, to radioactive waste and weapons manufacturing -- exposing the motivations behind the latest push for Australia to go nuclear, and why this is not a good idea...
Fight For Country tells the story of one of Australia's largest ever land rights and environmental campaigns, to stop the building of a second uranium mine within the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia. In 1998 the issue came to a head when Indigenous elders and activists called on people to come from around Australia and the world to blockade the construction of the mine and proposed 'uranium deposits', collectively called Jabiluka. The film follows activists and speaks with Aboriginal people about the impacts of the mine, following the community response and protest actions against the mines development, where over 500 people were arrested in the course of the eight-month blockade.
In 1983, the Australian Government approved the construction of Olympic Dam uranium mine at Roxby Downs in central South Australia, despite overwhelming opposition by the traditional indigenous land owners--the Kokotha and Arabunna people--and other Australian's in the community. With an approval for expansion of the mine 14 years later, this film documents one of the many events organised in protest of the mine, as well as other actions to raise awareness of the many impacts of uranium mining in Australia.