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Welcome to Nuclear Land

A film by Esther Hoffenberg

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With almost 70% of its electricity generation coming from nuclear power, France ranks as the most “nuclearized” country in the world. Setting out to understand the ramifications of this dependency, Esther Hoffenberg traveled to Normandy, the epicenter of France’s nuclear power generation and the site of the La Hague plant.
Through a series of interviews with local residents, politicians, industrial representatives, and environmental activists, Welcome to Nuclear Land explores France’s ambivalent relationship to nuclear power. While the Le Hague mayor dismisses environmental concerns, unscripted conversations with local residents and regulators reveal anxieties just underneath the surface. In a classroom discussion, students are shown field study results demonstrating elevated levels of radioactive material in local flora, prompting difficult questions about the environmental trade-offs of nuclear power generation. With the problem of radioactive waste disposal left unresolved, residents contemplate the ecological and health impacts of continued reliance on nuclear power—not just for themselves, but for future generations to come.

“With detailed and skillfully put together touches, this documentary paints a remarkable portrait of Normandy and smartly questions the management of nuclear waste.” —Télérama

CinemAmbiente, Torino 2010
Special Mention, Festival International du Film de Santé, Belgium 2012
Festival de Oullins « à nous de voir » 2010
Festival Environnement de Sées
Festival de Colombelles
Festival de Bonnet 2011
CorsicaDocs 2011
RISC Marseille 2011
DocHouse London November 2013

74 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2009
Copyright: 2009

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

Subject areas:
Science and Technology, France, Politics, Energy, Western Europe

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