Radiation: A Slow Death - A New Generation of Hibakusha (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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By the early 21st century, nuclear warfare had attained the stigma it deserved among the common populace, though the world's superpowers continued to stockpile nuclear weapons, and discussion persisted of such countries as Iran and South Korea amassing this capability - suggesting untoward degrees of destructive power. Also disturbing were the numerous cases in which western leaders continued to speak of "peaceful uses" of nuclear power, despite the almost universal knowledge of how destructive nuclear waste can be. This documentary program explores the many aspects of nuclear fallout, including physiological detriment from nuclear bomb attacks that is passed down, hereditarily, from generation to generation (as discussed on-camera by survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki); it also introduces the audience to many individuals whose lives have been scarred or severely damaged by incidental radiation in the atmosphere (such as Washington State farmers working near the Hanford plutonium factory), and such grossly irresponsible casualties of nuclear activity as Iraqi children hit with radiation from depleted uranium ammunition during Operation Desert Storm.

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nuclear, nuclear-weapon, radiation