Uranium film fete begins today

January 23, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 05:00 am IST - HYDERABAD:

The 5{+t}{+h}Indian edition of the International Travelling Uranium Film Festival is all set to kick off here on Wednesday. It will be inaugurated by environmentalist and film actor Amala Akkineni in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Ramakrishna Ramaswamy and the festival’s International General Director Norbert G. Suchanek.

The festival is dedicated to films about the whole nuclear fuel cycle and radioactivity, including uranium mining, nuclear power plants and waste, atomic bombs, radioactive risks and nuclear medicine, said Mr. Norbert. About a dozen such films are to be screened beginning Wednesday. None of them are from India.

Executive Director of the festival Márcia Gomes de Oliveira said awareness on the risks of nuclear power was important for decision-making and films were the best tool to communicate such information to people.

The inaugural session on Wednesday evening at Golden Threshold here, will be attended among others by the Head, Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School, Usha Raman, Indian Festival Director Shriprakash, eminent writer and activist Vithal Rajan and activist Babu Rao.

It will be followed by the screening of a 75-minute Danish movie, ‘Into Eternity’, directed by Michael Madsen, which questioned the possibility of storing radioactive waste for over one lakh years.

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