In the few decades since the first nuclear reactors were built, more than 250,000 tonnes of radioactive refuse have already been produced, which will remain hazardous to human life for at least 100,000 years. This award-winning film asks what we can do about a problem that will outlast a thousand generations.
Intelligent and eerily beautiful, the film intersperses a returning and thought-provoking narrative with the opinions of experts. The result is a documentary as humane and poetic, as it is powerful and informative:
True Stories: Nuclear Eternity
First broadcast on More 4 at 10:00–11:15pm on Tuesday 26th April
Scriptwriter and Director Michael Madsen
Producer Lise Lense-Moller
Editors Daniel Dencik & Stefan Sundlof
Deep underground in Finland, Onkalo, a gigantic and impenetrable repository is being built to store Finnish nuclear material in the coming millennia. Building began in the 20th century and will be completed in the 22nd — it is the first of many such repositories that will be needed worldwide.
The documentary takes the form of a letter to future generations, asking the philosophical and existential questions prompted by Onkalo and examining the dangers of the nuclear power industry.
How can a civilisation that has only existed for a few thousand years hope to know what the world will be like in 100 millennia from now? How can we prevent future generations — when current languages, societies and perhaps even life forms have disappeared — from attempting to open up the bunker?
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