Dark Circle

Director: Judy Irving, Chris Beaver & Ruth Landy
USA / 1982 / 82 min

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Weeklong run of new restoration. Live Screening introduced by Judy Irving. 

It’s been 75 years this month since the start of the Atomic Age, with the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, but its trail of destruction has never ended. The terrifying and moving documentary Dark Circle (1982) covers both the period’s beginnings and its aftermath, providing a scientific primer on the catastrophic power of nuclear energy while also relating tragic human stories detailing the devastating toll radioactive toxicity has taken on people and livestock—focusing in large part on Rocky Flats, Colorado, whose plutonium processing facility infamously contaminated the surrounding area. Documentary Grand Prize winner at Sundance (then called US Film and Video Festival), Academy shortlisted for Best Documentary, and Emmy winner, Dark Circle is no less potent today than it was 40 years ago. 

This new 2K HD Restoration done at FotoKem was assisted by the Academy Film Archive and supervised by co-director Judy Irving. A First Run Features release.


To stay informed and get involved, check out these activist organizations advocating a phaseout of nuclear weapons and power:
Back from the Brink (U.N. treaty to make nuclear weapons illegal) 
Watchdog of the Nuclear Weapons Complex (New Mexico)
Watchdog of the Savannah River Site (South Carolina)
Watchdog of the Rocky Flats Site (Colorado)
Watchdog of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (California)

See also: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond the Bomb, American Friends Service Committee, Western States Legal Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Veterans for Peace & Global Zero