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Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1

August 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

CCA is pleased to host a screening of two films by Adam Jonas Horowitz, followed by a discussion with Matthew Chase-Daniel, Adam Jonas Horowitz, and Meridel Rubenstein


In the 1950’s, the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, vaporizing islands and exposing entire populations to fallout.

The people of Rongelap received near fatal doses of radiation from one of these tests, and were then moved to a highly contaminated island to serve as guinea pigs to test the effects of radiation on humans for almost 30 years, where they suffered from recurring cancers and birth defects that have affected multiple generations.

The documentary is a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents, devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, this untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell.

“Assumes the qualities of a detective thriller with massive moral, political and financial implications. Few will be left unmoved.” – Variety

“The film does a stunning job … An extraordinary documentary” – Chicago Tribune

Writer/Director: Adam Jonas Horowitz
1 hr. 27 min.


ATOMIC GODS is a series of surrealistic, black-comedy short films that reveal for the first time the secret, unknown, (and perhaps even forbidden), ‘Creation Myths of the Bomb.’ It is actually a “Mockumentary” about J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the birth of the Atomic Bomb. A biting satire that is at once both historic and futuristic, this dark episodic series serves as a post-nuclear fairy tale.

Writer/Director: Adam Jonas Horowitz
36 min.

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