Documentary on Nuclear Testing

A new documentary film was aired on television throughout French Polynesia yesterday.  Essais Nucleaires: l’Heritage Sans Fin (Nuclear Testing: The Never-ending Legacy), by Thierry Derouet and Nathalie Barbe, provides a comprehensive look at the effects of nuclear tests on families fifteen years after testing ended.  The testing site was located on two tiny island in the Tuamotus, Moruroa and Fangataufa, but its influence extended throughout French Polynesia.  The Marquesas, like other outlying archipelagos, sent many fathers, sons and brothers to work at the testing site; some for over two decades.

Read more in French here.


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