This short film was created entirely from historical footage found in the Moving Images Archive at archive.org. The message of the film speaks to the disastrous consequences of a government withholding information from the public, even as the lives of its own citizens are slowly destroyed. From 1951 to as recently as 1992, the US government conducted nuclear testing at the Nevada Proving Grounds, exposing thousands of military personnel and down-wind civilians to high doses of radiation. By juxtaposing a patriotic anthem with eerie footage of soldiers under a mushroom cloud, I hope to make viewers reflect on this troublesome period in our history and what we can learn from it going forward.
Weichselbaum, Claire, "Destroying Ourselves" (2014). Access Granted Competition. 4.
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