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Uranium Drive-In (2013)

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Uranium Drive-In is a haunting story of a hardscrabble community striving for one last chance at survival. The film follows a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado-the first to be ... See full summary »

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Suzan Beraza
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Uranium Drive-In is a haunting story of a hardscrabble community striving for one last chance at survival. The film follows a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado-the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years-and the emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against opposition from an environmental group based in a nearby resort town. The lives of the community members and the role of intervening "outsiders" parallel resource extraction stories from across the globe, where individuals and communities struggle to survive. Written by Anonymous

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Half Life of the American Dream

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May 2013 (USA) See more »

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A one horse town where someone stole the horse
27 December 2015 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Colorado has always been a big resource for companies extracting natural resources: I've seen ghost towns beneath half-mountains, where the other half was mined away before the market fell and the settlement was abandoned. This documentary tells us about a settlement called Nucla, not in fact named after nuclear material but formerly the home to a large (and polluting) nuclear processing facility. Since that closed, the town is now poor and dying - economically, it has no reason to exist any more. "Rich" environmentalists (as least, environmentalists from a fashionable, nearby ski resort) want to stop a new plant from opening; but many of the townsfolk want it, reasoning that they'll run the risk to save their settlement. The company representatives reassure everyone that the new plant will threaten no-one's health, because there are now government regulations. But given the consistency with which the extraction industries fight government attempts to regulate them, it's only natural to doubt the sincerity of their statements. As a documentary, 'Unranium Drive In' is very good at conveying what it feels like to live in a no-horse town in the middle of nowhere, and the dependency that the people have on the company that might save, or kill, them. But there's surely another documentary to be made, a less personal, more political story, about the corporate control of the west.


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