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As political pressure mounts in the US to meet net zero carbon goals, the nuclear power industry makes its case for a nuclear “renaissance.” This documentary by NECESSITY Director Jan Haaken follows activists as they expose the true costs of the new small nuclear reactor designs. 

Atomic Bamboozle is captivating and revelatory, thoroughly debunking any notion that nuclear energy should play a role in solving the climate crisis. The film also offers a fascinating look at the history and psychology of nuclear propaganda and how the industry and its backers have promoted its many false claims." – Joshua Frank, author of Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America and managing editor of CounterPunch

“A powerful and provocative film.” – Willamette Week

“An uncompromising piece of activism that’s well-crafted and urgent.” – Oregon Arts Watch

"Although its immediate intention is to prevent nuclear power plant construction in Oregon and Washington, its message is universal." – CounterPunch

"Tells the story that the nuclear power lobbyists want to nullify so as to bring back costly, dangerous, unneeded nuclear power to Oregon. Those beyond Oregon should also watch this powerful film to learn the truth behind this industry and its false claims." – Ralph Nader, Center for Study of Responsive Law

  • Year
  • Runtime
    46 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Mar 12, 2023
  • Genre
  • Sponsor
    Snake River Alliance, Film Independent, Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Collective for Social and Environmental Justice, Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Conservancy Foundation, Nuclear Energy Information Service, Loo Wit Group (Southwest Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club), Science for the People
  • Awards
    Social Justice Film Festival 2023, Colorado Environmental FIlm Festival 2024, Special Jury Award at International Uranium Film Festival 2024
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Jan Haaken
  • Producer
    Jan Haaken and Samantha Praus
  • Co-Producer
    Cathy Sampson-Kruse and Cathryn Chudy
  • Cast
    Lloyd Marbet, Greg Kafoury, M.V. Ramana, Lauren Goldberg, & Cathy Sampson-Kruse
  • Cinematographer
    Ben Bach and Timothy Wildgoose (cinematographers); Eric Edwards (Director of Photography)
  • Editor
    Jeremiah Fueres (editor); Martin Melnick (colorist)
  • Animator
    Jennifer Kincaide
  • Production Design
    Friderike Heuer
  • Sound Design
    Joint Editorial
  • Music
    Eric Phillips and Dylan Rieck