Peter Galison and Robb Moss
2015 | 80 minutes | U.S.A., Japan
New York Premiere | Directors in Attendance

Left-over from the Cold War and the production of nuclear power are some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced: million gallons of radioactive waste. Containment, directed by Harvard physics and history of science professor Peter Galison and the award-winning documentarian Robb Moss, poses crucial, frightening questions about humankind’s impact on the planet in both the short- and long-term. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations from the waste, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create warnings that could speak across time. But would they withstand the crucible of millennia to prevent release of dangerous chemicals? Filmed at weapons plants, in the ruins of Fukushima, Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and deep within underground storage facilities—and innovatively structured as part observational essay and part graphic novel—the film weaves an uneasy present with an imagined, troubled far future, exploring the idea that nothing stays put forever. 

Presented in partnership with the 8th annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Preceded by Snapshot Mon Amour and Sound Of A Million Insects, Light Of A Thousand Stars

Thresholds, My Perspective

"There are great practical problem about nuclear waste, how do we keep it contained, what do we do to get it back under control when it slips our grasp as it has in Fukushima or Chernobyl?   But nuclear waste also pushes us to the limit of possible thought: how do we imagine 10,000 years into the future—a time greater than human civilization has been on earth-- in order to warn our far-distant descendants about what we have done?"

- Peter Galison and Robb Moss | Directors, Containment