A poignant and potent documentary that exposes the government's suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation -- even more relevant since the release of radiation from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, and reports that long-term effects of the Chernobyl disaster may have been covered up.
Paul Jacobs, a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, was himself a victim of lung cancer which his doctors believe he contracted while he was investigating nuclear policies in 1957. He died before this film was finished in 1979. This film explores the effects of radiation exposure on American citizens in Utah and Arizona living downwind from the Nevada nuclear tests of the Fifties; servicemen exposed to nuclear blasts in Nevada and the Pacific; and the farmers living around the Rocky Flats, Colorado plant which produced plutonium triggers. By the time this film was released, a lot of them had died from the radiation. Jacobs also interviews government scientists, some of whom were fired when their research indicated the dangers of low-level radiation.
This program won an Emmy and the George Polk Award for investigative journalism 1978. Produced by Jack Willis and Saul Landau.