WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA – The International Uranium Film Festival—the world’s only traveling festival devoted to the entire Nuclear Fuel Chain—opens Monday, December 2, 2013 in the homeland of Diné communities sacrificed by the United States for production of nuclear weapons.
The International Uranium Film Festival runs from Monday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 4 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona
This t event is organized in conjunction with a community gathering of Diné organizations and residents with regional groups concerned about uranium’s effect on: human health and future, environment, economy, culture and water. The festival will include: presentations, workshops, info tables, t-shirt printing and 21 films.
The arrival of the International Uranium Film Festival is apt, coming at a time when the Navajo Nation’s leaders are making decisions regarding its new Uranium Commission, the 2013 Energy Policy and new multi-agency clean-up plans. Local uranium mining, processing, transport and changes in HRI/URI, Roca Honda mine and White Mesa mill are topics that will be highlighted by community experts during the week.
The three-day event is free and open to the public for the purposes of “Art and Awareness,” community dialogue and decolonization of Western concepts about uranium. The films are documentaries, animations and shorts that explore not only the effects of radiation, but also the practices of the nuclear industry and world governments as well.
Short Film to be Screened…
“The River that Harms” – This illuminating film documents the largest radioactive waste spill in U.S history – a national tragedy that received little attention. With the sound of a thunderclap, 94 million gallons of water contaminated with uranium mining waste broke through a United Nuclear Corporation storage dam in 1979. The water poured into the Puerco River in New Mexico – the main water supply for the Navajo Indians that live along the river, and a tributary of the major source of water for Los Angeles. Navajo ranchers, their children, and farm animals waded through the river unaware of the danger.
“The River that Harms” will be screened Monday at 4 pm
Organizers wish to give a special thanks to all the sponsors, contributors and volunteers: Diné Bidziil, International Uranium Film Festival, Honor the Earth, Western Action Mining Network, Indigenous Environment Network, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, Seventh Generation Fund, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program and the Front End Working Group, Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America.
WHAT: International Uranium Film Festival
WHEN: Monday, December 2 – Wednesday, December 4
Events begin at 8:30 am, MST, daily
WHERE: Navajo Nation Museum
Arizona Highway 264 – .5 mile east of I.R. 12
The event will be streamed online and will be available during selected hours at:
Information about the film festival is available at: http://uraniumfilmfestival.org