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This documentary looks at the hazards of uranium mining in Canada. Toxic and radioactive waste pose environmental threats while the traditional economic and spiritual lives of the Indigenous people who occupy this land have been violated. Given our limited knowledge of the associated risks, this film questions the validity of continuing the mining operations.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rosalie Bertell in the same film? The Native American singer and the scientist nun expose the risks of mining uranium in the Canadian heartland. The nuclear power defenders get their say, but it’s clear that the cost of mining uranium is too high: it’s the same material that is used to produce nuclear weapons. And the nuclear waste is immensely dangerous.

Douglas Roche
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Buffy Sainte-Marie et Rosalie Bertell dans un même film? La chanteuse américaine autochtone et la religieuse scientifique exposent les risques de l’extraction de l’uranium au centre du Canada. Les défenseurs de la puissance nucléaire ont voix au chapitre, mais il est clair que l’extraction de l’uranium a un coût trop élevé : on utilise également ce métal pour produire des armes nucléaires. Et les résidus radioactifs sont extrêmement dangereux.

Douglas Roche
From the playlist: La force de la paix

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Uranium, Magnus Isacsson, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Magnus Isacsson
  • producer
    Dale Phillips
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • script
    Michael Riordon
  • camera
    Barry Perles
  • sound
    Rick Gustavsen
    Clancy Livingston
    Jeremy Sagar
    Yvon Benoît
  • editing
    Dominique Fortin
  • sound editing
    André Chaput
  • narrator
    Buffy Ste-Marie
  • music
    Michael Becker

  • Tallspruce

    When a spent uranium rod is submersed in electrolyzed water, it is immediately neutralized. The machinery costs less than $500, & uses rain water and 12V at 20 amps. No storage needed. Bury it back in the mine; It never gives off another radioactive isotope.

    Tallspruce, 26 Jan 2011
  • birgitta

    "Uranium" is a wonderful film. I would like to show it at an event about nuclear power and uranium mining to be held at the end of August 2010 in Sweden. Is it possible to translate it and text it in Swedish or to have this done? Kind regards Birgitta Hedström, Sweden

    birgitta, 18 Jul 2010

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