AGO Jackman Hall (Dundas and McCall), Toronto
Sweden/Finland/Norway | 2016 | Documentary | 78 min The extraordinary Hanna Halmeenpää, a Finnish mother and wife, changes her life when the government allows a Japanese company to build a nuclear power plant in her rustic Northern environment. Working with local women, she mobilizes opposition to the plant, traveling far and wide to save her land. The irony that the company wanting to build a plant in Finland after the ecological disaster of Fukushima is not lost onHalmeenpää. This powerful film shows how difficult it is to be an activist and a wife and mother. Nuclear Neighbour show what happens when you fight against the powers-that-be. Q&A with filmmaker following the film. Feature doc is preceded by Beautiful Nonsense, a 15 min. film about how Shell's exploitation of the oil resources in Nigeria contaminates the land and harms the people. It documents the tragic tale of Ken Saro-Wiwa, who fought for Nigeria's Ogoni people and paid for it with his life. The film presents a troubling omen for the relationship between resource extraction and revolution.
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