Pandora's Promise

At the Bottom of the Box She found Hope

Impact Partners, in association with Vulcan Productions and CNN Films, present "Pandora's Promise", the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone.

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, "Pandora's Promise" asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.

Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger.

Undaunted and fearlessly independent, "Pandora's Promise" is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.

The criticised aspects of nuclear energy are the radioactive mining of uranium ore, the risks of a nuclear catastrophies, proliferation, the costs of energy production and subsidisation through taxpayers' money, the disposal of radioactive waste, and the promises of better nuclear technology that have never been fulfilled for decades. The film does not cover all these aspects and we cannot recommend "The Pandora's Promise".

Director(s): Robert Stone
Script: Robert Stone
Production: Robert Stone, Robert Stone Productions, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz
Music: Gary Lionelli
Actors: Stewart Brand, Mark Lynas, Michael Shellenberger, Gwyneth Cravens, Richard Rhodes, Charles Till, Len Koch, Helen Caldicott, Harvey Wasserman, Jane Fonda, Ralph Nader, Amory Lovins
Year: 2013
Duration: 87 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: France, Brazil, Japan, United States, Ukraine

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Main topic(s): Energy
Secondary topics: atomic energy renewables climate
Mentions: nuclear meltdown nuclear energy catastrophe protection advocates CNN
Topic Page(s): Energy


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