The 2018 International Uranium Film Festival

Dec 6
Thursday only!

various - 2018 - varies - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

The International Uranium Film Festival returns to the Diné Nation with additional screenings throughout New Mexico!

The issue of nuclear power is not only an issue of the Navajo Nation, who suffered for decades because of uranium mining. All people should be informed about the risks of uranium, nuclear weapons and the whole nuclear fuel chain, states International Uranium Film Festival’s Director Norbert G. Suchanek. In an effort to keep people informed and aware, particularly during this critical time of escalating nuclear threats, the International Uranium Film Festival returns to the U.S. Southwest.

Festival partners and co-organizers of the Uranium Film Festival in the American Southwest are the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, McKinley Community Health Alliance, Red Water Pond Road Community Association, Santa Fe Community Foundation, SW Indigenous Uranium Forum and the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE).

6:30 pmDII’GO TO BAAHAANE:  Three Stories about Water - 33 min 

USA, 2012, 37 minutes, Produced by Deborah Begel. Co-Directed by Deborah Begel and David, Lindblom, Navajo with English subtitles - This documentary is a four part meditation on the Navajo people’s problems with contaminated drinking water. Nearly one out of three people in the Navajo Nation struggle with this issue. Four Stories About Water opens with a waterfall of people who reveal the scope of water contamination problems on Navajo lands, from the health problems that were likely caused by uranium tailings left uncovered to the view of water as “a spiritual element” to the fact that 30% of the Navajo people don’t have access to safe water.

Tale of a Toxic Nation - 13 min (Red Water Pond Road Community on Navajo Nation) 

Too Precious to Mine - 10 min (Grand Canyon)

7:30 Panel discussion - With Film Maker Shri Prakash and local community activists.

8:30 - Nabikei (Footstep) 66 min (Acoma, Laguna and Diné)

India, 2017, Documentary, Director Shri Prakash.  The American Southwest - especially the sovereign Indigenous nations of Acoma, Laguna and the Diné or Navajo Nation - have a long history of uranium mining. Once home to a booming economy and proudly called the Uranium Capital of the World, these Indian reservations and poor White communities are now littered with old mines, tailings dams, and other uranium contamination, which is the legacy of this deadly industry. Contaminated land, water, and air have left these poor communities helpless. And new mining companies continue to disregard the health and environment of these people with the lure of a better economy, jobs and new In Situ Leach uranium mining methods. Unfortunately, this is the same sad story repeated in other parts of the world including India, but in India it is the government itself undertaking the enterprise and repeating the same degradation in Jadugoda (Jharkhand).

The 2018 International Uranium Film Festival poster