‘The Atomic States of America’: A Film Review

- October 4, 2012

"...this is a very important, captivating and inspiring documentary to watch"

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the over all appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

“The Atomic States of America” is an informative documentary about nuclear power and its effects in the world. Focusing on certain power plants, it discusses the '70s radiation poisoning and the cancer people were getting, the lies they were told, and other negative aspects; especially after the Fukushimi Daiichi nuclear disaster from the Tsunami in March 2011. This is a very educational documentary that really makes the viewer look closely at factors of the water we drink and the air we breath. After watching this film, I feel like I have a different view on the economy and our energy sources, one that makes me more cautious. This documentary makes you think about the future and possibly even the past and I find it to be very important, captivating and inspiring documentary to watch.

Jena Braziel is a 22 year old student at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Media Arts. She was born in Steamboat Springs, CO and moved to Santa Fe, NM in 7th grade with her family. She hopes to one day become a creative director or producer. For now, she is interning and volunteering at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival which has been a valuable learning experience for her in the film industry.