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Building Bombs

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Offering rare archival footage and a deceptively upbeat atmosphere, this Oscar nominated film delves into the lives of a community gripped by the ultimate weapon of mass destruction – the hydrogen bomb. Pastoral Aiken, South Carolina is home to the Savannah River Plant, the epicenter of America’s top-secret atomic bomb-making apparatus. Within this nuclear company town, directors Mark Mori and Susan Robinson blow open a cover-up of massive radioactive waste dumping carried out under the shroud of national security.

Profiling a diverse cast of outspoken community members, from a physicist-turned-peace-activist, a politician who speechifies on the good jobs created by the plant, and a worker whose body courses with radioactive particles, BUILDING BOMBS artfully grapples with the profound realities of a world filled with nukes by listening closely to those who must live day-to-day in the shadow of the H-bomb.

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Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Cast & Crew
  • Director : Mark Mori and Susan Robinson
  • Writers : Mark Mori, Susan Robinson and Bill Suchy
  • Producers : Mark Mori and Susan Robinson
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 1989
  • Country of Production : USA
  • Language : English
  • Running Time : 54 minutes
  • Sound : Mono
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated