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Nuclear Weapons (02:29)


Maki Nakamoto shares her grandmother's experience with younger generations. Douglas Roche explains that the five most powerful nations: United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China, all have nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima (05:50)

A woman recounts a story of an atomic bomb survivor developing leukemia. Hibakusha and their families work to spread awareness of worldwide nuclear threat. Hear descriptions of nuclear fallout from survivors.

WWII: Japanese vs American History (04:14)

Japanese history books attempt to censor brutal images of the atomic bomb and its victims. Japanese are now taught the American perspective that the atomic bombings were a necessary evil to end WWII.

Hibakusha (05:43)

Hear accounts from hibakusha and family members. Birth defects from radiation affect victims and their families for generations.

Nuclear Powers (03:58)

Hans Blix states that there are discussions among world powers concerning the development of smaller nuclear weapons. Roche emphasizes that we are in the second nuclear age where nuclear weapons are threatened for war fighting.

Marshall Islands (04:50)

The United States tested hydrogen bombs off the shores of the Marshall Islands for twelve years. Bombs used for testing were stronger than the atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Lucky Dragon (05:14)

On March 1st, 1954, a hydrogen bomb was dropped outside of the atoll of Rongelap. Radioactive debris covered the island and a Japanese fishing boat offshore named The Lucky Dragon. The United States studied the inhabitants of Rongelap as living examples of radiation effects.

Effects of Radiation Through Generations (06:41)

Abacca Anjain-Maddison discusses the miscarriage and birth defect rates in Rongelap. Neal Palafox references the BEIR 7 Report which states that genes mutate with exposure to radiation.

Radiation Experiments (05:09)

The U.S. Department of Energy conducted numerous studies on radiation for over thirty years. Using the Rongelese as test subjects, Project 4.1 fed radioactive iron to pregnant women and radioactive cereal to children.

Retribution From the United States (05:03)

James Mayatoshi states that he does not believe in confronting the United States for retribution. Anjain-Maddison expresses the need for the U.S. to pay for healthcare in the Marshall Islands.

French Nuclear Testing (04:21)

The atoll of Moruroa in French Polynesia was used by France for nuclear testing for thirty years. Moruroa became ground zero for the anti-nuclear movement. Moruroa faces high rates of cancer despite a small population.

Atmospheric Testing (05:36)

In 1963, America, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. signed an agreement banning atmospheric testing. France continued atmospheric testing in Moruroa which inspired anti-nuclear protests. Pressure from Green Peace and New Zealand caused France to switch to underground testing for another twenty years.

Green Peace (04:36)

On July 10th, 1985, France orders the sinking of The Rainbow Warrior, a Green Peace ship. In 1995, French President Jacques Chirac orders a new series of nuclear tests which leads to a rebellion in Tahiti.

Radioactive Fallout (05:11)

In 2006, France admitted that there was radioactive fallout throughout French Polynesia due to nuclear testing. Jean-Marie Matagne states that it is difficult for the public to acquire information concerning nuclear testing.

Plutonium Underneath Moruroa (02:49)

John Taroanui Doom states that 152 underground nuclear tests in French Polynesia have led to 700 kilos of plutonium underneath Moruroa. One tenth of a millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer. Plutonium is not considered harmless until 240,000 years have passed.

Anti-Nuclear Movement: New Zealand (05:06)

Annie Boanas expresses frustration with youth's complacency towards nuclear weapons. The British tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific in 1952 with the assistance of the Australian and New Zealand military.

Disarmament and Security Center (04:51)

Robert Green, a retired Royal Navy Commander, works at the Disarmament and Security Center. Admiral Gene Larocque discusses the possibility of nuclear war.

Nuclear Deterrence (04:00)

Alliances such as NATO rely on nuclear deterrents. Green discusses the perspectives of those in favor of keeping nuclear weapons.

Fighting Terrorism with Nuclear Threat (03:33)

Blix questions the practicality of fighting terrorism with nuclear threat. Green discusses British motivations for having nuclear weapons.

Anti-Nuclear Movement: Canada (05:08)

In 2006, Canadian activists protested nuclear weapons. Marches for the anti-nuclear movement have dwindled drastically since the Cold War. Kathleen Sullivan demonstrates the firepower of the world's nuclear arsenal today verses during WWII.

Credits: Children of Armageddon (01:01)

Credits: Children of Armageddon

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Facing a potential nuclear renaissance, this moving account explores the legacy of nuclear arms through the lives of four young women. First we meet Maki, granddaughter of a Hiroshima bombing survivor who strives to keep the memory of the horror alive. Evelyn is a young student; she is exiled from her home, the contaminated island of Rongelap. Maurea and Annie are young and impassioned activists; one lives in a country torn apart by nuclear colonization while the other lives in an anti-nuclear country where she strives to inspire youth activism. These young women—along with scientists and political experts—introduce us to the film's themes: the rewriting of history, political opportunism, the reality of new nuclear arms, planetary contamination, and the anti-missile shield program.

Length: 96 minutes

Item#: BVL150244

ISBN: 978-1-64347-801-2

Copyright date: ©2008

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