06th - 11th October 2016

Nuclear Lands

Saturday 03rd October 2015 from 10h00 to 12h15
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

The film will be preceded by the short film The Researcher's Article, directed by Charlotte Arene and produced by La Physique Autrement.

Nuclear Lands

Directed by
Kenichi Watanabe
Produced by
ARTE France - KAMI Productions - Seconde Vague productions / Diff : ARTE

Documentary, France, 2015, 86 min

The film begins with the story of the birth of plutonium production in the 40s in Hanford USA, then recounts the history of the nuclear reprocessing plant in La Hague, France, then tells of the Rokkasho nuclear site in Japan which is actually built on a seismic fault line.Citizens and local politicians share their thoughts and experiences on living near these nuclear sites. The film is based on archives made by scientists at that time and recreates the story of an industrial environment secretely born in arid and desolate locations. The sites, depicted though creative imagery, show us that humankind made an irreversible choice in the mid-twentieth century. 


Debate with :

  • Kenichi Watanabe, Film director
  • Bernard Laponche, Polytechnician, doctor in science and in economy of energy