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Monday, March 11, 2013

Beyond the Classroom presents "Nuclear Nation: The Fukashima Refugees Story"

Description:
Nuclear Nation is a moving documentary about the exile of Futabas residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since the 1960s, Futaba had been promised prosperity with tax breaks and major subsidies to compensate for the presence of the power plant. The towns people have now lost their homeland. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film questions the real cost of capitalism and nuclear energy. The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an exclusion zone and 1,400 of the towns residents fled to an abandoned high school 250 kilometers away. The entire community, including the Town Hall office, was moved into the four-story building, making the residents nuclear refugees. The film portrays the evacuees as the nuclear disaster situation changes over time. {Will appear in FYI on Mar 6, 2013
Start Time:
7:00 PM
End Time:
9:00 PM
Room:
1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1
Common Location Name:
Other
Web Address:
www.BeyondTheClassroom.umd.edu
Other Contact Information:
Dr. James V. Riker Beyond the Classroom +1 301 314 6622 jriker@umd.edu www.BeyondTheClassroom.umd.edu


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