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2017 NO NUKES Film Festival

Organized by Green Citizens' Action Alliance, "No Nuke Film Festival" is the first and the only film festival in Taiwan addressing nuclear issues. Other than films about nuclear issues, the third No Nuke Film Festival will also be screening 19 films covering topics such as climate change, air pollution and human rights. In order to encourage attendance, we are not charging anything for any of the films being screened.


Most of the films will be screened for the first time in Taiwan at the No Nuke Film Festival. We will not only be screening documentaries, but also films in the following categories: feature film, animation and experimental film.


The themes of the third No Nuke Film Festival are "The Nuclear Controversy", "Nuclear Disaster in the present", "The Danse Macabre of Nuclear Weapons" and "In Exchange For Energy". We hope to cast light on the international nuclear dilemma, especially as our modern energy crisis is directly connected to it.


In these films, whether it's a nuclear power plant, a pipeline, an oil well or a forest, they somehow are all related to each other, telling stories and revealing struggles from all over the world. While these voices seek to confront humanity's conscience, they also hope to connect people and shed some light on possible solutions.


The Nuclear Controversy


Outcries against nuclear energy are now rolling across continents wave after wave. Whether or not to trust nuclear energy is not only disputed in Taiwan, but also in America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Behind every successful contract of the nuclear industry is a story of resistance overshadowed by complex politico-economic factors. How does the United States, the ultimate backer of the nuclear industry think of safety issues regarding nuclear energy? How does Finland, Northern Europe’s straight-A student in nuclear power counteract anti-nuclear claims? Why is Australia, despite its lack of nuclear power, also facing threats of radiation?


Meanwhile, nuclear industry corps are closing in on Africa – what does it mean for the African people and who gets the biggest slice of cake? While worrying about its own safety, it will be beneficial for Taiwan, being one of the leading members of Asia’s anti-nuclear movement, to pause and think about the reality of the global nuclear industry.


Nuclear Disaster in the present


From the cradle to the grave, the nuclear industry has affected every aspect of our lives. Human DNA is not the sole victim of radiation; be it the Australian aborigines who were forced to leave their homeland due to uranium mining, or the villagers on the southern pacific island Tureia, who suffered the aftermath of Frances’ nuclear bomb testing, radiation had infiltrated environments, ecologies, cultures and economies. This trauma passes from generation to generation; it is past history, but it is also happening in the present. The radioactive material our generation produces will also become the future tense for the next hundreds – even hundred thousands – years to come.


The Danse Macabre of Nuclear Weapons


To many people, nuclear weapons are an abstract and distant concept, yet to the citizens of Russia’s City 40 or the survivors of Hiroshima, nuclear weapons are a part of daily life, a mark in life that can never be erased. To nation states that strive on the possession of nuclear weaponry, it is a sign of power, even when said sign comes with a Pandora’s black box hiding unspeakable secrets. Atomic technology, along with its complicated designs, paradoxically exhibits a madness that is incentivized by limitless power, forming a grotesque parody of man’s prized civilization and rationality.


In Exchange For Energy…


To what lengths is man willing to go in order to acquire more energy resources? North Dakota’s oil pipeline constructions in the sacred grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe threatens the tribe’s precious water resource, instigating the most historical environmental protest. In Peru, Amazonian tribal villagers are viewed by the officials as a hindrance to the nation’s road to wealth through resource extraction, while the following protests reveal a dark and ludicrous nature of the supposedly “democratic” government of Peru.


What’s more, even more collective sacrifices are made under cross-national, cross-regional energy injustices: global warming, air pollution, energy poverty, etc — such rancidness reminds us that the earth’s resources have already been over extracted, though we have grown obliviously dependent on energy than ever before. Should we not take a step back and consider, on whose sacrifice, on whose oppression, are these calls for energy development in the name of civilization and advancement built upon?


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