Film on Atomic Testing Covers the Issue from Kazakhstan to St. George
August 30, 2016 —St. George, UT — The testing of atomic weapons affected vulnerable populations worldwide and in this arms race, did two nations, the Soviet Union and the United States waged war on their own people? Where the Wind Blew, which will be shown twice at the DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival next week, tells the story of how the Cold War super powers, in their race to develop more deadly bombs, spent forty years developing weapons capable of wiping out entire nations, while sacrificing their own vulnerable populations in the name of national security. Using archive footage and testimony, this harrowing story is told through the eyes of the victims, activists and participants affected by the legacy of nuclear bomb testing from Kazakhstan to St George, Utah. Director, André Singer will conduct Q&As after both screenings of his film.
“I was small and a big ball of flame came up over the horizon.” – A survivor in America’s desert Southwest.
In part, it is the story of Kazakhstan’s place in the Cold War struggle for nuclear supremacy, and the power of the human spirit as victims and participants from that struggle find their own ways to survive.
“My mission on earth is to be the last victim of nuclear testing,” says one Kazakh survivor. “I saw the tears of American mothers. I saw the tears of Kazakh mothers and they are the same.”
Although Soviet operations were wreathed in secrecy, it is becoming clear that the Kazakh villagers who faced the daily reality of living in nuclear fallout zones continue to be victims of a war that was not their own.
Where the Wind Blew screens twice at the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival in the Eccles Fine Arts Center at Dixie State University.
Wed, Sept 6 – Black Box Theater – 7:00pm, Thu, Sept 7 – Sears Gallery – 4:00pm
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