The world’s only licensed, operating nuclear waste storage site lies deep beneath Carlsbad, New Mexico in a disused salt mine. Will it be enough to protect future societies from radioactive sludge that will remain deadly for the next 10,000 years? Peter Galison and Robb Moss set out to answer this question in their unsettling film about a problem that’s not going away. Blending documentary footage of weapons plants, regulatory agencies, and the Fukushima disaster with imaginative graphic novel-style animations, Containment attempts to answer questions about an unknowable future.
(Peter Galison and Robb Moss, USA, 2015, 80 min., DCP)
Robb Moss is a filmmaker, professor, and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Moss’s The Same River Twice (2003) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award, and won awards at festivals around the country. His autobiographical and essay films, such as The Tourist and Riverdogs, have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Telluride Film Festival, and IDFA. He has served as a festival juror at Sundance, San Francisco, Denver, Full Frame, Camden, Seattle, Chicago, New England, and Ann Arbor. Moss is on the Board of Directors for ITVS and works as a creative advisor at the Sundance Documentary labs.
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