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Friday, October 23 • 10:00pm - 11:55pm
Containment - Preceded by Snapshot Mon Amour and Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars

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Peter Galison and Robb Moss

2015 | 80 minutes | U.S.A., Japan

New York Premiere | Directors in Attendance


Left-over from the Cold War and the production of nuclear power are some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced: million gallons of radioactive waste. Containment, directed by Harvard physics and history of science professor Peter Galison and the award-winning documentarian Robb Moss, poses crucial, frightening questions about humankind’s impact on the planet in both the short- and long-term. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations from the waste, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create warnings that could speak across time. But would they withstand the crucible of millennia to prevent release of dangerous chemicals? Filmed at weapons plants, in the ruins of Fukushima, Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and deep within underground storage facilities—and innovatively structured as part observational essay and part graphic novel—the film weaves an uneasy present with an imagined, troubled far future, exploring the idea that nothing stays put forever. 

Preceded by Snapshot Mon Amour and Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars

Snapshot Mon Amour

Christian Bau

2015 | 6 minutes | Japan, Germany

Disasters can have subtle effects beyond visible destruction. In post-Fukushima Japan, a filmmaker investigates unforeseen linguistic fallout.

Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars

Tomonari Nishikawa

2014 | 2 minutes | U.S.A., Japan

Buried overnight in an officially "safe,” decontaminated area 15 miles from Fukushima, 35-millimeter film still picks up the beautiful but unsettling lights of residual radiation.

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Friday October 23, 2015 10:00pm - 11:55pm
Kaufman Theater

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