Sponsored by: Howling Wolf Taqueria and the Salem Community Arts Center
Directed by Suzan Beraza
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE – URANIUM DRIVE follows a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado — the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years — and the emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against an environmental group based in a nearby resort town.
Construction of the Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill promises to bring back prosperity to a region with a proud and powerful history: the uranium mined in the region served the original Manhattan Project. But an environmental group from a nearby resort town steps in to raise concern about the mill’s impact and to stop it from being built.
Without judgment, both sides of the issue are brought to life in heart-wrenching detail as URANIUM DRIVE-IN follows conflicting opinions and visions for the future. The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.