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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Uranium Film Festival

Please come and support the Uranium Film Festival about the hazards of uranium mining and nuclear power. Please see the schedule below for events and movies in Swakopmund, Namibia as organized by EarthLife Namibia and the Goethe Institute. For those wishing to find out more information about the recent monitoring conducted in Namibia by an independent engineer in nuclear physics from France (Bruno Charyeron), please attend the session on April 17, 2012 at 19h15 at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kultur Aula. Please note, the "Bank Windhoek NPS Kultur Aula" refers to the school hall of Namib Primary School.

Uranium Film Festival by Earthlife Namibia and the Goethe Centre  

Date: 17.04.2012
Time: 19H15
Venue: Bank Windhoek NPS Kultur Aula
Uranium - is it a country? Tracking the Origin of Nuclear Power (2008)
Documentary by “Initiative Nuking the Climate” (55 min)
The film takes a look at the footprints of nuclear energy and leads to Australia, where the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine is run by multinational corporation BHP Billerton. An indigenous resident speaks of the impact the mine has on the environment in which he lives. A French scientist researches radioactivity from nuclear sites and uranium transport.
The scientist is Bruno Charyeron, the Director of CRIIRAD (an independent research laboratory on radiation) in France.  He will be present during the film show and will answer questions regarding nuclear issues. Bruno Charyeron is an Engineer in nuclear physics and has expertise in the nuclear sector for more than 20 years, especially in the field of radiation detection and the impacts on environment and health through radiation.                   
Date: 27.04.2012
Time: 19h15
Venue: Swakopmund Museum, Roessing Hall
Uranium Road (2008)
Documentary by Teaching Screens Production, Producers: Jenny Hunter, Mashile Phalane & Cati Weineck (53 min)
The film rips away the veil of secrecy from both the past and the present South African nuclear programme, showing how the nuclear industry fundamentally undermines the democratic principles of the young democracy.  The film combines archival footage, interviews with local and international experts and tells the story of a community on the edge of a nuclear dump in scenic Namaqualand.
The film is based on the book “Uranium Road” by Dr David Fig, an independent researcher on environmental policy matters, based in Johannesburg. He holds a PhD in international political economy from the London School of Economics. 
We are pleased to announce that David will be present during the film shows and will be answering questions.  
Date: 05.06.2012
Time: 19h15
Venue: Bank Windhoek NPS Kultur Aula
The Poisonous Legacy of Uranium (2010)
Documentary by Dominique Hennequin
The film shows the many impacts of uranium mining by Areva in Gabon and Niger. Houses built with waste rock, radioactive rubbish dumped in rivers and lakes, soil contaminated by radioactivity and food not fit for consumption.  This is the environment local people live in, helpless and uninformed about the dangers.

Date: 03.07.2012
Time: 19H15
Venue: Bank Windhoek NPS Kultur Aula
Chernobyl Heart (2004)
Documentary by Maryann Leo
The world’s most horrific nuclear accident happened on 26 April 1986 in Chernobyl in the Ukraine. Still today many children are born with malformations and malfunctions. The film leads us through several children’s hospitals and homes for mentally and physically disabled children. These institutions were established after the nuclear accident. Medical doctors have a difficult task helping the effected children. The film shows the brutal and shocking reality of suffering following a nuclear accident.

For more information, please contact: 
Bertchen Kohrs, Earthlife Namibia

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