Washington D.C. Premiere


ARID LANDS (USA, 2006, 98 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere Sixty years ago the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki while today the area is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. In this landscape of incredible contradictions, coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in sagebrush and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion. This documentary examines the many changing uses of the land, interviewing sports fishermen, tattoo artists, farmers, housing developers, ecologists and radiation scientists living and working in the area to tell the story of how people changed the landscape over time and how the landscape affected their lives. The impact of the nuclear construction on the fishing land and rights of the Yakama nation is also examined. Directed by Grant Aaker and Josh Wallaert. Produced by Grant Aaker, Josh Wallaert and Sidelong Films. Winner, Best of Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival.

Introduced by Gib Clarke, Program Associate, Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 


Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE, no reservations needed.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building,

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Sixth Floor Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

(METRO: Federal Triangle)

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