Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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March 16, 2011 , , , , ,


Nuclear waste is radioactive for 100,000 years. In Finland, the world’s first permanent repository is being carved out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels. This structure must last 100,000 years as the waste is hazardous for that long.

Everyday, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants are placed in interim storage, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters and to societal changes.

This film played in Silver Docs 2010 among several other films. Watching the film sent a chill down the spine. The nuclear disaster like the situation in Japan following the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami is a humbling reminder of this film.

Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand? And if they understand, will they respect our instructions? While gigantic monster machines dig deeper and deeper into the dark, experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future.

Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future. While the film explored precautions that needed to be taken to protect future civilizations far removed from us from the threat of the harmful radioactive waste, the world today is still grappling with ways to store and protect radioactive substance from natural and man-made disasters. Ironically, this had to happen in Japan of all places. If there is a country, that should have been better prepared for such a disaster, it is Japan. It shows how pitifully insufficient our systems are in the wake of these enormous disasters. Is it ever possible to store radio-active substance and prevent disasters? Are we going about it the wrong way? Wiki’s list of nuclear reactors across the world. Wiki’s info on radioactive waste from various sources and current methods of disposal. The film’s website and resources.

It is time for us to take a hard look at our energy needs. Every kilowatt saved will allow renewable resources, coal and petroleum products to last longer.


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