Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) told us -- before Japan's Fukushima disaster -- which, as I understand it, is ongoing still. In one scene toward the close of Ivy Meeropol's thoughtful and about as "fair" as possible (considering the whole-view circumstance regarding the use of nuclear energy) new documentary, INDIAN POINT, the filmmaker shows us a visual demonstrating the "reach" of the Fukushima disaster. Unless I didn't understand the map at hand, this continuing contamination has now spread around half the globe. Oh, but don't worry: Since this "couldn't happen," then clearly it is all just part of our imagination.
TrustMovies was one of these), because the NRC offers no genuinely workable evacuation plan. A number of these New Yorkers, like me, are agnostics and atheists. They don't believe in any "god," yet they are quite willing to let this hopeful-if-crackpot faith guide them that, somehow, all will be well regarding the neighboring nuclear plant. If you want to live in New York City or one of its boroughs, Fukushima is the price you may eventually pay.
RiverKeeper, who give us what may turn out to be the key factor in closing this nuclear plant: what it is doing to the Hudson river water and fish that surround it.
Gregory Jaczko (above), the then-Chairman of the NRC, who might initially look like just another do-nothing apparatchik but who proves to be a strong campaigner for better safety. So of course he must be removed from his job, Ms Meeropol does not spend a whole lot of time on this, but from what she shows us it seems likely that a conspiracy to oust the guy succeeded in getting him to resign. Since his resignation, the woman who followed him into that office has also resigned. (I suspect an entire movie could be filmed around Jaczko, his career and philosophy. Maybe Corey Stoll could star in it.)
First Run Features, the documentary, a USA/Japan co-production, opens this Friday, July 8, at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center; on Thursday, July 21 in Hudson, New York, at Time & Space Limited; and at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on Friday, July 22. Elsewhere? Nothing scheduled as yet. But click here to keep abreast of any additional upcoming playdates, cities and theaters.