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Nuclear Lands: A History of Plutonium


Catalogue Number:  A259-005
Producer:  ARTE France, Kami Productions, Seconde Vague Productions
Producers:  Kami Productions, Seconde Vague Productions, Arte France
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Global Issues, Global Studies, Health, History, Politics, Science, Social Sciences, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  France
Copyright Year:  2015
Running Time:  53:28


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Nuclear Lands examines three areas in the world whose landscapes are dominated by nuclear sites: the US, France and Japan. The film traces the story from the birth of plutonium production in the 40's in Hanford, USA to the nuclear reprocessing plant in La Hague, France and tells of the Rokkasho nuclear site in Japan which is actually built on a seismic fault line.

Based on archives, Nuclear Lands recreates the story of an industrial environment secretly born in arid and desolate locations. The sites, depicted through creative imagery, show us that humankind made an irreversible choice in the mid-twentieth century.

From its evolution as matter used for military purposes to one which is used for nuclear energy, the film explores the scientific, industrial and geopolitical implications of its production. 

Also available in French: Terres Nucléaires - Une histoire du plutonium


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