Buried in Earthskin

Buried in Earthskin, an eye-opening documentary film about nuclear waste in South Africa will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 22 November at 6.15pm, on Monday 23 November at 8:30pm and on Tuesday 24 November at 6:15pm.

Buried in Earthskin follows Cape Town journalist and director Helena Kingwill on a journey of discovery as she sets off on a road trip to follow the route the nuclear waste trucks take from the Koeberg nuclear power plant just outside of Cape Town to the Vaalputs Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in Namaqualand. Along the way she meets the men and women of the Nama-Khoi tribe who live nearby and listens to their stories of accidents at the dump and their fears of the underground water becoming polluted.


At Pelindaba, the nuclear research centre near Pretoria, Helena speaks to officials, who tell her “off the record” that the waste they are about to bury in a pipe storage facility near the city, will remain radioactive for “millions of years”. Her investigation brings her into debate with nuclear analysts, economists, the minister of minerals and energy, a nuclear activist, and the owner/manager of South Africa’s first wind farm.

During the making of Buried in Earthskin, Helena becomes the mother of two girls which gives her further motivation to question the energy decisions being made today. What kind of earth will her children inherit? Buried in Earthskin investigates the impact of nuclear power and searches for alternatives. It aims to look at the nuclear issue as holistically as possible and sheds light on the predicament facing decision makers: energy generation versus the environment.

Who pays the ultimate price for our convenient electricity? Alternative solutions are blowing in the wind, but can we access them? Who holds the power and can a critical mass shift the paradigm? This is a must-see film for every concerned Capetonian.

Buried in Earthskin A4 PosterThe screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by The Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.


The Labia:

021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:

Andreas Späth

084 772 1056



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