Dark Circle / Nagasaki Journey / Hidden Voices

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DVD Features:

    Original Release Date: October 1, 1983 Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 27, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: A&E / Docurama Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Filmmaker Biographies
    • Interview Filmakers

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by Judy Irving, Chris Beaver & Ruth Landy
Music by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays & Eberhard Weber

Description by OLDIES.com:

Environmental-minded documentaries are often more informative than emotionally involving. That isn't the case with Dark Circle, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Directed by Chris Beaver, Ruth Landy, and Judy Irving (The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill), the POV presentation explores the human cost of nuclear technology without skimping on the science. Irving, who narrates, starts by talking about her relationship to plutonium as a child. In the 1940s, the US government presented atomic power as a means to keep America safe. She thought that was the whole story. A trip to Colorado's Rocky Flats as an adult convinces her that the collateral damage is being downplayed. The filmmakers talk to residents dealing with radiation sickness, like a weapons facility worker with brain cancer, a father who lost his daughter to leukemia, and a farmer with mutated livestock. Then they travel to California's Diablo Canyon and Nagasaki, giving everyone from protestors to designers the chance to have their say. Though the trio keeps the shock tactics to a minimum, some of this material is not for the squeamish, particularly the footage of Japanese citizens injured by radiation exposure and the now-declassified "Priscilla" test of 1957 in which 700 pigs were subjected to an atomic blast (Scientists learned that porcine skin is sturdier than human, but hardly indestructible). Extras include Nagasaki Journey and Hidden Voices: The Final Hours of Karen Silkwood. The entire package aims to provoke--and succeeds. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description:

Filmmakers Chris Beaver and Judy Irving took a look at nuclear power in this documentary, which was shot in 1982. With Soviet and American forces stockpiling nuclear weapons, Beaver and Irving focused their cameras on the activities at a facility that manufactured these lethal tools of destruction in Rocky Flats, Colorado.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 108,494
  • ISBN: 0767093046
  • EAN: 0767685985533
  • UPC: 767685985533
  • Shipping Weight: 0.17/lbs (approx)
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