|Directors:||Chris Beaver, Judy Irving|
|Writers:||Chris Beaver (writer)|
|Rating:||6.7 | 20 votes|
|Documentary about the nuclear industry.|
|1) Excellent documentary that's powerful 25 years after it was firstreleased. Great use of archival footage. A needed stimulant to give thepublic reason to consider the questions of both nuclear war and power.This was very much an almost unsupported effort to produce a cogentcritique of the dangers of reliance on nuclear power, production andits use in war. It was investigative reporting atypical of its era.
I particularly appreciated the use footage of an Army chaplain'sassuring troops who were deliberately exposed to a nuclear explosionthat it was a spiritual and uplifting experience. It was a propheticstatement about the current warmongering emanating from the "Christian"right against a quarter of the world's population.
This film is from the producer/director/editor of the very wellreceived "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" that appeared more than twodecades later.
2) A frightening film which connects the soft-on-safety practices of earlynuclear tests with the lapses in safety that have been found in the RockyFlats nuclear facility. Poisoned animals, bad water, and lethally radiatedworkers are all on display in this disturbing documentary.
3) I grew up a few miles downwind of Rocky Flats, the subject this film isprimarily concerned with. It is especially riveting to see friends andneighbors, some ill from radioactive exposure, discuss their feelings onthetopic. While definitely coming from a liberal perspective, the filmmakersare not afraid to embrace contradictions in this sobering, sensitiveoffering.