To galvanise public opinion against the Jaitapur nuclear power project planned in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, activists have brought the International Travelling Uranium Film Festival to the city.
The festival, which originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in May 2011, has travelled to many cities in the world. To help sensitise the citizens to the dangers of atom bomb and atomic energy, the festival has come to India for the first time and will culminate in Mumbai on February 11 and 12, travelling through Delhi, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
Brazilian social scientist and filmmaker Marcia Gomes de Oliveira is the executive director of the festival, and German writer and filmmaker Norbert G. Suchanek is general director.
The Mumbai edition is being presented by the ‘7 Islands International Film Festival’ and is sponsored by Yusuf Meherally Centre, Shrividya Sansthan and Bhavan’s Cultural Centre.
Janhit Seva Samiti, Konkan Bachao Samiti and Konkan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti have taken the initiative of organising the festival which will be opened by film director Mahesh Bhatt.
“The main aim ... is to expose the ugly side of nuclear energy. The government authorities and the companies have sketched a rosy picture of nuclear energy and have purposely hid the other side. The festival will expose that side,” said Pradip Indulkar, one of the organisers.