International Uranium Film Festival Rio De Janeiro

Wed 15th Feb 17: Remembering the worst radioactive accidents in cinema

Victims of radioactive contamination are the main theme of the International Uranium Film
Festival 2017. „We want to remember especially Brazils worst but forgotten radioactive accident
that happened exactly 30 years ago in September 1987“, says Uranium Film Festival director
Norbert G. Suchanek. Two young scavengers found a radiation therapy device in an abandoned cancer treatment Hospital in the city of Goiânia, capitol of the Brazilian state of Goiás. They sold it to a scrap metal dealer who opened it. He did not know that it contained highly radioactive, deadly Cesium-137 crystals and unwillingly contaminated his family, friends and hundreds of others.

About the Uranium Film Festival

The International Uranium Film Festivals has reached its 7th year. Since its start in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro the Uranium Film Festival became today the world's most well-known film festival about nuclear power, the „Atomic Cannes". In the past years the festival already traveled to three continents, seven countries and about 30 cities from Rio to New York, Hollywood and New Delhi. The 7th International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro is scheduled for May/June 2017 in the Cinematheque of the Modern Art Museum. And from October 11th to 15th the Uranium Film Festival will happen this year for the sixth time in Berlin. Venues are the Cinestar film theatre in the KulturBrauerei and the Zeiss-Großplanetarium.

Victims of radioactive contamination and nuclear accidents are the focus of the Uranium Film
Festival 2017 circuit. It will remember especially the Brazilian „Chernobyl“, an accident with
radioactive Cesium-137 that happened 30 years ago in September 1987 in Goiânia.

Uranium Film Festival partners

Partner of the Uranium Film Festival 2017 in Berlin are Cinestar, Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin,
ICBUW Germany, COOP Anti-War Café Berlin, IALANA, IPPNW Germany and Sayonara Nukes Berlin.

Uranium Film Festival Award

The International Uranium Film Festival Award is a piece of art produced by Brazilian wastematerial-artist Getúlio Damado, who lives and works in the famous artist quarter Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where the first International Uranium Film Festival was held in May 2011. Getúlio creates the Uranium Film Festival Award from waste material that he finds in the streets of Santa Teresa. He uses also old watches to remember the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Watches in Hiroshima stopped exactly at 8:15 in the morning when the A-bomb exploded on August 6th, 1945. The award is called „Yellow Einstein“.

Contact and film entry address
International Uranium Film Festival
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301
Santa Teresa / Rio de Janeiro / RJ
CEP 20240-195 / Brazil
PHONE: (0055) (21) 2507 6704

Festival founders and directors
Marcia Gomes de Oliveira
Norbert G. Suchanek

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