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The film of a baby goat (what a metaphor!) that survived one of the explosions arouses pity and will make you wish it had died. It was harnessed on one of the target ghost ships. An interview with the Bikini islander's "king", Kilon Bauno, shows the advantage taken of the displaced islanders. The interview with ex-seaman, John Smitherman, shows the appalling human cost of the ignorance which exposed thousands of US sailors to large amounts of radioactive fallout. There is even a snippet of Alfred Einstein being co-opted into saying only "I agree" to a self-serving statement read by a government spokesman.
Smith ingeniously used the government's own footage, originally compiled for the production of a propaganda film extolling the virtues of the tests, to make a pungent criticism of the damage caused by the ignorance, naivete, and arrogance of the US government. The government dropped all plans to make its film after it realized the magnitude of the destruction it caused to the vegetation and human and animal life, and made the island uninhabitable for years. The footage was discreetly archived until Smith did his research.
The decision to exclude narration from the film was a brilliant approach by Smith.Read more ›
This film contains little to no narration; it lets the original government recordings speak for themselves. From heartbreaking interviews with native inhabitants from Bikini to sickening footage of the effects the radiation had on American soldiers, this film does not leave anything out. It’s hard to imagine anyone not having a different view on the U.S. government after viewing this film.
Three Documentaries, a Charm and your money goes to a good cause!!!!!!!!
What more could one ask for?????????????????
That's what the quote on the cover of the DVD says. Unfortunately, I don't think the DVD quite lives up to these expectations. (Why can't we just have good cover art instead of shameless fluffy quotes?)
In my book, the first bomb drops on Japan (Justified or not) must be the most terrifying. Those awoke the world to the power man has created. If not those, the future explosions and deployment in the MEGATON range must be the most terrifying. (The bombs dropped on Japan and FIRST tested in Bikini atoll were no more than 21 Kilotons).
I found the released footage fascinating in showing our naivete of our attitudes toward nuclear weapons at the time. The zoom out of a former sailor talking earlier than showing his hand is good too, though when put in context of what happened to those in Japan, not surprising. (I have been to Hiroshima (and Los Alamos area and museum) - which might affect my perception of this film too, in other words if one doesn't know much about nuclear history they might rate it higher)
Interviews with Bikini atoll native is good too, but I don't believe the author ever mentions that <200 people (167 from what I've read elsewhere) were moved / affected. Which in the scheme of mass death during WW2, isn't a high number. Although the movie Star Trek: Insurrection comes to mind (Which talks about how many people is too much to "sacrifice" for a goal). A map showing the blasts in relation to the Atoll would have been good too for perspective.
This is where I feel the movie failed a bit, it didn't do enough to express the context of the times.Read more ›
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I only use the star system to rate movies and books because who knows who I am and why would you listen to me?Published 4 months ago by Casper
Great historical perspective delivered from a point of view of what mankind knew with regards to hazards in making the atomic bomb.Published on April 22, 2014 by Edward A. Rodriguez
This is a short, documentary about the bomb being dropped on Bikini Island and the aftermath.
A must see.
I teach high school science, and have been showing this documentary for 9 years now. Students love watching, and there are many great "teaching moments". Read morePublished on November 30, 2007 by The Chem Guy
What caught my attention mostly was American pursuit to test more advanced weaponry at a time and place where the local population had little choice but to move away to create a... Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by P. GUPTA