As part of DocuWest Film Festival’s “Impact On” series, this particular section will focus on the environment. In person, award winning director Rebecca Camissa, producers Larissa Bills and James B. Freydberg and subjects of the film Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel from “Just Moms STL” will be joining us for the screening.
DocuWest’s strands of “Impact On” screenings are a staple of the festival. Atomic Homefront screens as an “Impact On”: The Environment. The film reveals how St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs. In two communities, along Coldwater Creek, residents have high rates of very rare cancers, birth defects, and various autoimmune disorders that are potentially linked to ionizing radiation poisoning; and in Bridgeton, adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill, where an uncontrolled subsurface fire has been moving toward an area where the radioactive waste was buried.
Just Moms STL is a group of mothers-turned-advocates who believe their communities are being poisoned and demand that the government either fully remove the waste or permanently relocate residents living nearest the landfill.