Dark Circle

Film Classic: Acclaimed 1982 doc exploring in evocative, personal and immediate terms how all of us have been affected by the nuclear age.


Judy Irving, Christopher Beaver, Ruth Landy





Running Time

82 mins 




SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - April 23, 2017

Film Classic

35th Anniversary screening on 35mm!

From Rocky Flats to the Eniwetok Atoll, this award-winning 1982 film crafts a complicated science lesson about nuclear weapons into a human-interest story about Plutonium’s deadly intentional and unintentional effects. Roger Ebert said, "It is a record of reckless mishandling of nuclear wastes, criminal disregard for the rights of American citizens being poisoned in their own homes, and bizarre nuclear experiments that resemble nothing so much as a bunch of mad scientists playing with their toys." Now 35 years old, this Emmy Award winner deserves a new look in an age of flippancy about nuclear proliferation. – Karen Topakian

- Grand Prize, Nonfiction Feature, Sundance Film Festival, 1983
- Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, 1983
- National Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in News & Documentary, 1990

Judy Irving and Ruth Landy, filmmakers; Raye Fleming, Diablo Canyon nonviolent civil disobedience activist and main character in the film; Stephen Most, Stories Make The World

35mm print courtesy of The Oakland Museum of California.

Community Partners: Berkeley Film Foundation; Mothers for Peace