The film documents how the nuclear energy program for "peaceful atoms" was brought to Japan under the auspices of the US military occupation. It explores the criminal coverup of the safety dangers of the plant by TEPCO and GE management, which built the plant in Fukushima. Included is an interview with Kei Sugaoka, the GE nuclear plant inspector from the bay area who exposed cover-ups in the safety at the Fukushima plant and was retaliated against by GE. The film features the voices of the people and workers about the reality of the disaster. It shows what this means not only for the people of Japan but the people of the world as the US government and nuclear industry continue to push for more new plants and government subsidies. This film breaks the information blockade and the cover up by the corporate media in Japan, the US and around the world that seeks toconvince the public that Fukushima is over. With 11 nuclear plants, 4 of which are the same Mark IV model as the plants at Fukushima, Illinois is ground zero for the nuclear industry in the US.
Discussion: Following the showing there will be a short presentation by David Kraft, Executive Director of NEIS (Nuclear Energy Information Service) and open discussion.
Light refreshments are served.
2012. 58 min.www.fukushimaneveragain.comAvailable from:Labor Video Project
Drinking bottled water is not part of a healthy life. It damages our health and the future of our planet's resources.
From the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and "I.O.U.S.A." this award-winning film is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity – our water. From the plasticproduction to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table.
"With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices."– Peter Rothberg, The Nation
The One Earth Film Festival will show more than 30 compelling environmental films, April 27-29, at multiple concurrent venues around Oak Park and River Forest. See www.greencommunityconnections.org for schedule and location information.
A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments are served.76 min. DVD release: 2010www.tappedthemovie.com
Focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Company, BANANAS* uncovers the alleged usage of a banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Central to both the film and the case is Juan "Accidentes" Domingues, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who is unquestionably facing the biggest and most challenging case of his career. At stake in this classic David vs. Goliath story arethe futures of generations of workers and their families as well as the culture of multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole and open US courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.
"Offers a front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brokovich style trial...an incredibly polished film." –Variety
Discussion: Following the showing there will be a short presentation by Tom Broderick, Chicago Fair Food, Q & A and open discussion.
Organizational co-sponsor: Chicago Fair Trade
87 min. 2009. www.bananasthemovie.com
Where Soldiers Come From offers an intimate look at some of the young men who fight our wars and the families and towns they come from. Returning to her hometown, director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary access, following these young men as they grow and change from teenagers stuck in their small snowy Michigan town to 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home from the war in Afghanistan.
91 min. 2011.
This internationally acclaimed film triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. The prize-winning documentary directed by Jeff Spitz, reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. The film chronicles the extraordinary chain of events, beginning with the appearance of a 1950s film reel, which lead to the return of a long lost brother to his Navajo family.
This film reveals the impact of uranium mining on the Navajo of Monument Valley. It highlights the story of Elsie Man Begay, whose history in pictures reveals an incredible and ongoing struggle for environmental justice.
Discussion: The film will be followed by a short panel presentation with Jeff Spitz, director of THE RETURNOF NAVAJO BOY, Jennifer Amdur Spitz, co-founder of Groundswell Films, and Joseph Podiasek, ExecutiveDirector of the American Indian Center, President of NUIFC (National Urban Indian Family Coalition) andCommissioner, City of Chicago Human Relations. Q&A and open discussion will follow the panel presentation.
59 min. Epilogue 15 min. 2009For more information: www.navajoboy.com or face book.com/returnofnavajoboy.com
Co-sponsoring organizations: Citizens Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW!) and Nuclear Energy Education Service (NEIS)
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