Blowing up paradise

by Ben Lewis Documentary Gran Bretagna 2005 80'

In late May 2005, 10 years after the last nuclear tests in the Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls, documents surfaced proving that the French government had lied for over 50 years about the extent of radioactive fallout from atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific. The documents show that between 1966 and 1967 the populations of the surrounding islands had been exposed to radiation levels 140 times higher than that of the no access zone around the Chernobyl disaster site. The documentation was published after a medical study reported the serious consequences of radioactive exposure on the population of Polynesia. Focusing on ten French atomic bomb tests, Blowing up Paradise traces a 30-year-history of experiments and public outcry.<%YOUTUBE=IOzv9ywM5eo%>


Ben Lewis


Gran Bretagna

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26° Festival


05 June - 11 June 2023

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