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Nuclear Nation (2013)

Nuclear Nation (2013)



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March 11, 2011: a serious earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees." The devastation experienced by the town - dead livestock left to rot, crops abandoned, homes and businesses destroyed - was infinitely worse than anything reported by the newspapers. A year later, 500 evacuees are still unable to return to their contaminated homes. The irony of this disaster occurring in a nation that experienced two nuclear bombs is not lost on the victims who poignantly question their responsibility for striking a Faustian bargain with nuclear power. NUCLEAR NATION suggests that a relatively small tragedy could one day be replicated on a much larger scale - perhaps in your own backyard. (c) First Run Features

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Few films have opening images more chilling than the ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, or more bleak than the last 10 minutes of "Nuclear Nation."

December 12, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

For the most part, the movie takes an eye-level approach to the disaster, focusing on the experiences of ordinary people living in makeshift shelters and public housing, lining up for food, and returning to their homes in hazmat suits.

December 11, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[Funahashi's] approach is direct, intimate yet respectful, and sometimes as mournful as the stark piano-and-flute score.

December 11, 2013 | Full Review…
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If you were looking for a documentary to blow the lid off the secrecy around the extent of the destruction, and lack of restitution-in other words outrage à la Michael Moore-you will not find it here, but there is much that is worthy and troubling.

December 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This documentary sometimes lingers on vistas better suited to a Godzilla movie, strewn with rubble, devoid of souls.

December 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If nothing else, the film will force you to reassess all the arguments for and against nuclear power.

December 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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