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Atomic Africa



Germany, 2013, HD - Color - 52

DIRECTED BY:
Marcel Kolvenbach

CAST:
Golden Misabiko, George Forrest, Dr. Kapya Mukuya

SCREENPLAY:
Marcel Kolvenbach

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Marcel Kolvenbach

EDITING:
Karl-Heinz Satzger

MUSIC:
Imaran' Air D'Agadez

SOUND:
Marcel Kolvenbach

PRODUCER:
Robert Tasso Puetz, Tristan Chytroschek

PRODUCTION:
a&o buero filmproduktion gmbh

WORLD SALES:
JAVA Films, www.javafilms.fr

STORY DESCRIPTION:

The film reveals the hidden agenda of the nuclear industry in Africa and the alarming consequences for people and the environment.The recent military action in Mali has shown the strategic importance of the Sahara as an important source of oil, gas - and uranium. This conflict has a long history. Since the 1940s, France, Belgium and the US have been fighting over access to the Congolese mines that provided the uranium used for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Although the mines were officially closed in 1961, they still pose a threat to global security because of their value to terrorist groups and rogue states. The biggest threat, however, doesn’t come from terrorists but from the dangerous practices of respectable companies from France, Germany, Canada, the UK and the US. In collusion with corrupt governments and questionable business partners these enterprises source uranium for their domestic markets. And – faced with an apparent "sales problem" of nuclear technology in the Western world – they also lobby African governments to buy nuclear power plants.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Marcel Kolvenbach, born in 1969, has been working as a documentary filmmaker for WDR, ARD and ARTE since 1993, when he finished his degree in visual communications (film and photography) at the FH Düsseldorf. The main focus of his work are political documentaries in Germany and abroad. After receiving a RIAS-scholarship to work for the ARD news desk covering the US presidential elections in 1996, he lived and worked in New York from 1997 to 2000. He then moved on to live in Brussels until 2004, and now lives in Cologne. Many of his documentaries and short films were shown in festivals in Europe, Canada, Cuba and the U

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