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Radio Bikini (1987)





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Produced and directed by Robert Stone, this critically acclaimed documentary uses declassified footage acquired through the Freedom of Information Act to tell the story of the Bikini islanders, who were removed from their homes by the U.S. government so that their atoll could be used for high-profile atomic bomb tests known as "Operation Crossroads" at the start of the Cold War. Afterwards, the islanders could not safely return home, as the area remained dangerously radioactive for 40 years. Highlights include radio broadcasts from the area, footage of the atomic bomb blasts, and an interview with a U.S. serviceman who observed the tests. Winner of the San Francisco Film Festival's Golden Gate Award, this film aired as an episode of the Emmy award-winning PBS television series The American Experience.

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You can't go too far wrong when you have really great source material, but here the archival footage and radio broadcasts are woven together very cohesively into a fascinating film.

David Underwood
David Underwood

I like this Documentary a lot, but it certainly is not an Oscar material. It is emotionally manipulative. Nice editing though, but there weren't any original material, just footages after footages of the oldies. Possibly only enjoyable for the hippies and leftists. God Bless America.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film tells the story of islanders that were pushed off their land (Bikini Island) and thrown on another island by the U.S. government so that we could test one of our nuclear bombs on it. It remained dangerously radioactive for the next 40 years. The footage here is real from the entire process of explaining to the islanders they need to leave (Hollywood style and in their non-native tongue) to the men watching the blast from nearby, to sailors investigating the carnage afterward- not realizing how dangerous radiation was. You can guess how it ends. Glad this stuff comes to light, although it took 40+ years.

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

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