Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise


Roxie Theater Fri, Apr 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Mark Cousins
Year of Production:2015
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:First 100 Days
Environmental Health
Running Time:71 min.


Director's Choice: Seventy years ago, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb. Mark Cousins' (THE STORY OF FILM) bold documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too. Using only archive film and a haunting new musical score by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, the film is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. The nuclear age has been a nightmare, but dreamlike too.

Community Partner: Mothers for Peace

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Mark CousinsMark Cousins is a director and occasional presenter/critic on film. A prolific producer and director, he is best known for his 15-hour 2011 documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, as well as creating a traveling independent film festival in the Scottish Highlands with actress Tilda Swinton.