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Serpent River

Sandra Lahire
1989
31mins Colour 16mm

Serpent River

Looking like luminescent or blood-red capillaries, the River snakes its way over an atomised country.

Beautiful but often violent images are interwoven to create an experimental documentary about the hazardous existence of the Serpent River community living in the shadow of uranium mines in Ontario, Canada. Serpent River is the final part of a trilogy (see Uranium Hex and Plutonium Blonde) of anti-nuclear films in which the filmmaker makes visible the invisible menace of radioactivity. People, the landscape and natural resources all bear the scars. A matter-of-fact narration by a woman miner and a radiation expert lend emphasis to the film's unconventional and evocative images.

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