Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
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Runtime: 82 minutes DVD/68 minutes EVOD
Genres: Documentary, Environmental, Science
Awards: CineEco Environmental Film Festival (Portugal) – Environmental Education Award winner
“How do you plan 10,000 years in advance? Containment asks whether we are adequately caring for future generations with current storage methods for radio-active waste. A visit to the nuclear ghost towns of Fukushima shows what will happen if we fail.”
— Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian
“The film...attempts to articulate the beautiful and complicated problem of how to render the future a part of the present. It offers glimpses of a future beyond our societal imagination... and goes beyond ordinary documentary filmmaking to bring forward this future image into the minds and sensibilities of its viewers. It is in attempting this communication with the audience beyond the here and now that the film has its greatest success”
— Zoe Jones, Spook Magazine
“Alarmingly frank but refreshingly optimistic, Containment tells a great many in-convenient truths but its coda assures us that all is not lost. The future will come, but we will endure.”
— Phil W. Bayles, Oneroomwithaview.com