Pandora's Promise

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Pandora’s Promise is a feature-length documentary that explores the history and future of nuclear power, and 'aims to dispel myths and spark a debate about whether you can be simultaneously “pro-nuclear” and an environmentalist'. [1]

It was first screened at the Sundance Festival in 2013. Various commentators have described it as as 'pro-nuclear propaganda film', shrugging it off as 'featuring the same old converts and straw men'... 'with tiny audiences and generally unenthusiastic reviews, especially from reviewers knowledgeable about nuclear power'. [2]


Promotional blurb

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. Operating as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, PANDORA'S PROMISE aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it? Written by RS







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  1. Ben Heard and Corey Bradshaw, Pro-nuclear greenies? Thinking outside the box with Pandora’s Promise, The Conversation, 7 October 2013, 2.59pm AEST, acc 11 October 2013
  2. Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt et al. World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, acc 11 October 2013. For an insightful example, see Victor Gilinsky and Henry Sokolski, “Pandora’s Promise: Is the Issue Really Environmental”, Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, June 21, 2013,
  3. [ Pandora's Promise (2013) Full Cast & Crew] IMDB, acc 11 October 2013