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Documenting Nuclear Afterlives: A conversation with three film directors

  • International House 3717 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Cosponsored by the Wolf Humanities Center, the Cinema and Media Studies Program, the South Asia Center, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Join us for extended excerpts, chosen by the directors themselves, from these recent documentaries about people living in unwanted intimacy with nuclear reactors and radiation in different parts of the world. Some of these reactors, like the one in Fukushima have witnessed an absolute nuclear fallout while the power plant in Three Mile Island experienced a partial meltdown. Communities in the tsunami affected coastline of Southern India are protesting the construction of Russian technology based atomic power plants because they anticipate Fukushima, they speculate an about-to-come Chernobyl.

After the screening, the directors will discuss their work and the troubled histories and afterlives of nuclear power plants with professors Siyen Fei (Penn History), Rahul Mukherjee (Penn Cinema and Media),and Noriko Manabe (Temple Music).

Furusato (dir. Thorsten Trimpop, 2016)
A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation in Fukushima’s exclusion zone.

Nuclear Hallucinations (dir. Fathima Nizaruddin, 2016)
Satirical impersonations, performance and ironic renderings of jingoistic rhetoric work together to form a narrative that explores the tragic absurdity of constructing nuclear power plants in Koodankulam, a place on a tsunami affected coast of South India.

SAFSTOR (dir. Adam Diller, 2016)
This experimental ethnographic short film contrasts the physical presence of the Three Mile Island power plant with the memories of local residents of the partial meltdown in 1979.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

Earlier Event: September 28
PPEH Faculty Working Group and PPEH Fellows
Later Event: October 10
Film Screening: Oil & Water