Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 8, 2024

International Uranium Film Festival, Window Rock, Navajo Nation, March 7 --8, 2024

"Uranium has only meant death for our people and death for the land," Klee Benally, Dine', in athe video of the multi media project, 'Transmutations: Visualizing Matter | Materializing Vision.' Shown Thursday at the International Uranium Film Festival in Window Rock on the Navajo Nation.
Watch the expanded film, 1 hour and 22 minutes, and a separate video interview with Klee on the project's website

Friday, at 4 pm, 'Downwind'
Full schedule

OPB reports:

Ian Zabarte: Well, the United States entered into treaty relationships with the Western Shoshone, the Western bands of Shoshone Nation of Indians in 1863. And that was a time when America’s need was great. So we all ourselves with the union, with the North, to help prosecute the war against the South, our lands, and our resources continue to make this nation the great land it is. Our lands bind this nation together, not just Shoshone, but all tribes and the treaties we entered into.

So, what happened was the United States came into our country in secret. They developed the US nuclear facilities, and they came to our country to test the bombs that they built, and they did this in secret. They didn’t ask our consent. They didn’t tell us what was happening, and we didn’t know the problem. That secrecy is counter to democracy, and we’re all not just the Shoshone; we’re all downwinders, and we’re all living with the burden of the adverse health effects that are known to be plausible from exposure to radiation, in this case, from radioactive fallout.

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Poster design by Klee Benally, Dine'

The Navajo Nation Welcomes the International Uranium Film Festival

Festival cities are Window Rock, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Austin, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois, Spokane, Washington, Vancouver, Canada, Seattle, Washington, Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Salem, Oregon, Santa Barbara, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. “We will be showing important, eye-opening films about risks and consequences of uranium mining, the use nuclear power, nuclear arms and uranium weapons,” says festival’s director and co-founder Norbert G. Suchanek. 

By International Uranium Film Festival, Censored News

Diné artist, activist and filmmaker Klee Benally(link is external) designed the logo and poster for the IUFF tour across North America and the festival in Window Rock in March 2024. Sadly, Klee Benally, 48, passed to the Spirit World in December. He advocated for the cleanup of abandoned mines, where uranium ore was extracted from the Navajo Nation over decades. His death is a big loss for everybody. We are so sad about Klee's death! Our hearts are with him. (Photo: Klee receiving the Heart Award of the Uranium Film Festival during the festival event in Flagstaff in 2018.)

Demon Mineral wins International Uranium Film Festival Jury Award

Demon Mineral
A penetrating look at the radioactive desert of the Navajo Nation suffering from the effects of decades of uranium mining, Demon Mineral paints a devastating portrait of bureaucratic inaction and its long-term impact on human life. This fascinating documentary, directed by Hadley Austin and produced by Dr. Tommy Rock, Dine', employs an array of well-sourced scientific data, coupled with archival and on-the-ground footage, to bring into vivid focus the heartbreaking toll of omnipresent radiation on the Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah Indigenous population. With few avenues available to offset their suffering — compounded by sustained apathy from politicians who might be able to help — a group of Indigenous scientists, elders, and activists strive to reclaim Diné Bikeyah, the sacred land of the Navajo, and gain compensation for their contaminated lands. The illuminating 'Demon Mineral' is an essential vehicle for those directly impacted by this dire situation to draw attention to their plight. — Zaki Hasan

International Uranium Film Festival has selected its Jury Award Winners 2024

In advance, the 13th International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) Rio de Janeiro 2024, to be held May 25th to June 1st at Rio’s Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio) Cinematheque, has announced its Jury award winners. “Normally we announce the winners at the official award ceremony at the last day of the festival at Rio de Janeiro’s prestigious Modern Art Museum Cinematheque,” says executive director Márcia Gomes de Oliveira. “This year, we are going to an extended tour across USA and Canada before Rio, and we wanted to honor these films during our two months in North America.”

Starting March 7 in Window Rock, Arizona, the festival - also known as Atomic Age Cinema Fest - dedicated to films about nuclear power and uranium mining risks will travel more than 7,000 miles across North America to 13 cities and end May 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada. “For that reason, we decided to announce the top award winners 2024 in advance,“ explains Márcia Gomes de Oliveira from Rio de Janeiro.

IUFF Jury Awards 2024 go to:Nuked(link is external) by Andrew Nisker, Canada (Best Feature Documentary Award).
Demon Mineral (link is external)by Hadley Austin, USA (Best First Feature Female Documentary Award).
SOS - The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power's Legacy(link is external) by James Heddle, Mary Beth Brangan and Morgan Peterson, USA (Best Educational Documentary Award).
Atomic Gods: Creation Myths of the Bomb(link is external) by Adam Jonas Horowitz, USA (Best Mockumentary Award and Best Soundtrack Award)
Honeymoon in Oak Ridge by Joe Tripician(link is external), USA, (Best Short Documentary Award).
Atomic Bamboozle(link is external): The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance by Jan Haaken, USA (Special Jury Award for tackling the current issue of new nuclear reactors)
Building Bombs(link is external) - 4k Restoration by Mark Mori and Susan J. Robinson (Special Jura Award for restoran of an historic documentary)
Jadugoda - The Land of Magic(link is external) by Satish Munda, India, (Best Short Fiction Movie Award).

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