Beginning on November 18 2013, workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began removing the nuclear fuel rods from the spent fuel pool in reactor 4. The power plant was destroyed in 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami triggered three meltdowns at the nuclear power station. There was also an explosion in reactor building 4, and TEPCO has prioritized removing the spent fuel from that damaged building. The removal of the spent fuel is the first big step in the process of decommissioning the power station, a effort that will take 30 to 40 years.
Today, nearly 70,000 tons of nuclear waste sits outside nuclear power plants across the country. For the last half-century, scientists and politicians have struggled to create a viable solution for permanent waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, located 90 miles outside Las Vegas. They’ve failed. As the political dust settles over Yucca, eyes turn to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Loving the Bomb is a hand-drawn animation that constructs a portrait of a family grappling with contradiction: how to live with the effects of nuclear weapons while depending on their production? Amidst positive atomic propaganda and exhilarating accounts of nuclear testing, the blank faces of father, mother and child reveal confusion and our minute stature compared to the industry.
Shot and edited on 16mm film using a homemade animation stand.