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Uranium Film Festival

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It is hard believe that one single enthusiast finds and makes deals with number of films enough to put a film festival together for four days.

I managed to attend for two days about four movies. One of them was edited by my beloved Professor form Ankara GISAM Thomas Balkenhol that I learned by the end of the film titled “Chernobyl: The Invisible Thief”.

Despite of the severe cold weather and 10 inch snow on the sidewalks, the The Pavilion Theater was not that deserted. More importantly in between films or the sessions it was like a naturally organised panel, people organising events, sharing information. It was grass roots anger against nuclear injustice and heritage.

Festival program is a seminal publication rather then a simple festival program including information about tens of films . It might be kept as  database.

Download Festival Program New York City – Brooklyn

China Syndrome

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Most recent review about the film can be found on NYTimes critics’ pick section. It is described as a gripping drama about the dangers of nuclear power carried an extra jolt when a real-life accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania occurred just weeks after the film opened. Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) is a TV reporter trying to advance from fluff pieces to harder news. Wells and cameraman Richard Adams (Michael Douglas, who also produced) are doing a story on energy when they happen to witness a near-meltdown at a local nuclear plant, averted only by quick-thinking engineer Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon).

Apart from its appealing cast and plot great success of the film is its timing. The film was released on March 16, 1979, just 12 days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell says that the China Syndrome would render “an area the size of Pennsylvania” permanently uninhabitable. The basis for the film came from a number of nuclear plant incidents and in particular the Brown’s Ferry Alabama Nuclear Power Plant Fire which occurred four years earlier in 1975.

Another remarkable feature of the film is its name, it tells a lot not only about the colossus effects of the potential catastrophe but also implies the image of such an incident in American public opinion, more in a xenophobic sense.