Dark Circle was released in 1982, but is still relevant!
With grants from individuals and the Bingham, Rubin, and Wheeler Foundations, the film has now been re-mastered in high definition, and is available to nonprofits at no charge:
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→ See essay in Fall 2015 issue of the International Documentary Association’s Documentary Magazine.
Recent saber-rattling by North Korea and Trump's incendiary threats make this classic film a must-see. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recipient
"Four stars ...completely riveting." —Roger Ebert
"You owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much needed warning sign
on a very dangerous road. Rated: A." —People Magazine
"Recommended" —Science Books and Films
"This is a great film. I saw it years ago on television and was very moved by it. Years later, I saw
"The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," by the same director (Judy Irving). Another excellent film.
I'm glad "Dark Circle" is now available on DVD. It's a classic. Informative yet emotionally wrenching." —From a five-star Amazon review
of a national Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in News & Documentary, Dark Circle follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado, to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Plutonium, the most toxic substance in the world, links these locations and the people whose lives are irrevocably changed by it. 83 minutes, 16mm color, first released: 1983; revised: 1991; re-released on DVD in 2007 with Nagasaki Journey and Hidden Voices.
Produced and Directed by Judy Irving, Chris Beaver, and Ruth Landy
National Emmy Award; Shortlist, Academy Award; Grand Prize, Non-Fiction, Sundance Film Festival