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Film: “Containment”: The dangers of storing nuclear waste
February 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“If the worst case scenario had come to pass, I feared that decades of upheaval could have followed, and would mean the end of the State of Japan. We escaped by a paper thin margin.”
–Former Prime minister Naoto Kan, speaking of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear dis
Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
Join Massachusetts Peace Action and American Friends Service Committee for a viewing of the film Containment! and discussion with directors Peter Galison and Robb Moss.
Containment is a documentary film about the dangers of storing nuclear waste. The cold war left behind a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge. Containment explores the uneasy present, the imaginative, the troubled far future, and the idea that over millennial, nothing stays put. The film contains material on the Fukushima tragedy including an interview with the Prime Minister of Japan.
Peter Galison is a Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. In 1997, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; won a 1998 Pfizer Award for Image and Logic as the best book that year in the History of Science; and in 1999 received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize.
Robb Moss is a filmmaker, professor and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Moss’s The Same River Twice (2003) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award and opened theatrically at Film Forum in New York City.
During the entire month of February, the Central Square branch of the Cambridge Public Library will display photographs and paintings that convey the devastation and human consequences of the first atomic bombings and the Hibakusha’s (witness/ survivors’) commitments to create a nuclear weapons-free world. See the schedule of talks associated with the exhbit.
Parking is only $2 an hour in the parking garage next to the library.
Containment will also be screened on Monday, Feb. 22, at the Brattle Theater.