I received this info from the coordinator of this film festival. So, I’d like to share with the readers of this blog. Obrigado, Marcia!
Remember the deadline is January 31st, 2012!
Call for entry: 2nd International Uranium Film Festival for a global Nuclear-Free Future
Films about nuclear issues wanted!
Filmmakers and Producers from all over the World are invited to send their preview DVD until January 31, 2012.
Last May 2011 we organized the First International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro (Urânio em Movi[e]mento). The Festival is about any nuclear issue from Uranium mining to Atomic Bombs and nuclear Waste and it is about creating awareness. Independent information about the risks of the whole nuclear fuel chain is an important step for a nuclear-free future. If people are informed about the nuclear risks, they will not allow nuclear power plants or uranium mining. Therefore, we screened 38 films from all continents and we had an audience of about 1000 people, many of them Students and Teachers and international guests from USA, Costa Rica and South Africa.
Damacio A. Lopez, USA (Executive director of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team – IDUST) said about the Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2011: “In my 25 years as an anti-DU activist this experience (Uranium Film Festival) has been a highlight in the exposure of a very serious problem that faces mankind today: The use of radioactive waste as a military weapon.”
The Festival was such a success that it received invitations from other Brazilian cities and other countries like Costa Rica, Germany, India, Namibia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania and USA. After Rio de Janeiro, we already organized Satellite Uranium Film Festivals in the Brazilian Capitals São Paulo, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Natal and João Pessoa. November 2011 and January 2012, we will have now Satellite-Festivals in Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. And we are now planning the 2nd International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro next May/June 2012, when there will be also the huge UN Earth Summit (Rio plus 20) in Rio.
The Uranium Film Festival is a project of the NGO Yellow Archives. Yellow is the colour of Uranium and for that a symbol for the whole nuclear industry. Until today, most of the documentaries about uranium and the nuclear risks are mainly in English, German or French – but not in Portuguese. So the second advantage of our Uranium Film Festival is to create the so-called Yellow Archives and to subtitle international films into Portuguese and Brazilian/Portuguese productions into English. The Yellow Archives is the first-ever film library in Brazil and Latin America dedicated to films about the whole nuclear fuel chain and radioactivity. Schools, universities, environmental groups and other grass root movements will have access to the Yellow Archives.
The Yellow Archives also organized – as part of the Festival – an important and successful Exhibition about Brazils Caesium-137 accident.
“Maõs de Césio / Hands of Caesium”, is a photo exhibition about the nuclear accident of Goiânia 1987 with the radioactive element Caesium-137, the worst radioactive accident of Latin America. Two scrap metal dealers found an old radiotherapy unit in an abandoned cancer hospital. The did not know that this machine was radioactive and contained highly dangerous Caesium-137, so they broke it into pieces and the deadly accident happened. Thousands of people got contaminated. About 80 people died until from the radioactive contamination, according to the association of the caesium-137 victims. Until today, many of the surviving victims are not compensated by the state and are in need of help. At the moment, the exhibition is only in Portuguese, but the idea is to have it also in English and to show it in other countries.
Filmmakers and Producers from all over the World are now invited to send their productions and a preview DVD until January 31, 2012.
Uranium Film Festival
Coordinator Marcia Gomes de Oliveira
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301
Rio de Janeiro / RJ