Documentary brings a dark side of nuclear past to light
By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM on Sun, Nov 11, 2012
Adam Jonas Horowitz began his journey as a filmmaker more than 25 years ago. The Santa Fe resident traveled to the Marshall Islands in 1986 on a whim. What he discovered there was shocking.
Upon arriving 20 years after his first visit, Horowitz says, he thought the film was just going to be an update of his first film. But what he found were stories of human radiation experiments.
“I didn’t believe it and was quite skeptical of the stories I was being told,” he says. “But I started to meet a lot of survivors of the experiments and the story became stronger. I think in northern New Mexico, we get a pretty rose-colored view of the labs. We are taught that the labs created peace and kept the Soviet Union at bay. We’re getting a very sanitized view, and I found the history is so much darker than we were ever taught.”
The documentary has been on the film festival circuit for the past year and has been garnering various accolades. It recently was nominated for best environmental film at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. It picked up the audience award at the Cinema Planeta International Film Festival in Mexico City and won the jury prizes for best documentary at the Chicago Peace on Earth Film Festival and the Festival International du Film d’Environment in Paris.