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Uranium was produced more than six billion years ago when a star in our galaxy burst open. One of the building blocks of life, it takes hundreds of thousands of years to decay once extracted from the ground. So when the Ignalina nuclear reactor in Lithuania—the sister reactor to Chernobyl—is decommissioned, the people who live nearby are faced with a cleanup project that will take significantly longer than their lifetimes to complete. In this hypnotizing reflection on radioactive waste, director Emilija Škarnulyte traverses the eerie landscape of an industrial gravesite built to entomb nuclear ruins deep below the surface of the Earth. Like an archaeologist travelling through space and time, she documents the process in close detail. A profoundly meditative watch that considers the serpentine life cycle of industrial technology and the strikingly unnatural process of transforming nuclear waste back to its original form. Vivian Belik


  • Director(s)

    • Emilija Škarnulyte
  • Producer(s)

    • Elisa Fernanda Pirir
    • Dagne Vildžiunaite
  • Writer(s)

    • Emilija Škarnulyte
  • Editor(s)

    • Darius Šilenas
    • Mykolas Žukauskas
  • Cinematography

    • Audrius Budrys
    • Eitvydas Doškus
    • Adam Khalil
    • Emilija Škarnulyte
  • Composer

    • Gaute Barlindhaug
  • Sound

    • Vytis Puronas

Promotional Partners

The Changing Face of Europe presented in partnership with

European Film Promotion

Nordic Bridges
This screening was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

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