Moruroa, le grand secret (1996)


Michel Daeron


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What you see is not as much as you will get , with this interesting documentary.
14 July 2005 | by move-7See all my reviews

I've seen this a couple of times and actually when I was watching it the first time I was half expecting to see some real horrors. But the real horrors are what you end up thinking about. Basically this film concentrates on two Tahiti families who have been effected and give their accounts in French and Tahitian. The men of the two families both worked on Moruroa Atoll in the sixties and the seventies. There is a bit of evidence in the deformity of one of the children , but what you get is what you learn from listening to the stories being told about their days there. And the ongoing results !!

And there is some real sadness in listening to these people who were just wanting to earn a bit of extra money by working on the atoll and by no accounts simple either but just naive enough not to realize the effects , short term or long term . There are also some accounts given by midwives and a possible former Tahitian nurse.

Like I said the impact isn't so much visual as it is thought-wise. And if you have any kind of open mind you're going to get it. And if you are capable of feeling you're going to feel sad too.

I think that the film is very well done and its portrayed in a candid way.

I can't help feeling that if they had been allowed more time there would have been a few more people to open up. There's obvious reasons why some people don't want to talk about it and its pretty sad that this is the case. But besides that this film still conveys a pretty powerful message .

Since there isn't any info on this at IMDb at this time , I will quote most of what is on the cover.

------------------ MORUROA THE BIG SECRET ------------------

"This documentary is subversive and unpatriotic" -- Francis Leotard , Defence Minister , France

"Since 1963 ,France has used the peaceful atoll of Moruroa as the target for almost 180 explosions both in the atmosphere and under sea level. France has claimed that all the tests were not dangerous for people in that region. Today it is clear that the Tahitians are not all of this opinion." -- Michel Daeron , DIRECTOR

"A Scrutinising inquiry into a burning subject which reveals distressing facts on the state of health of the Polynesians and implies the worst about the unbroken silence of the military" -- FIGARO MAGAZINE (PARIS)

"Contrasted against the horrific evidence available in MORUROA -- THE BIG SECRET , the French decision (to resume nuclear testing) seems simply outrageous" -- SUE WILLIAMS , THE Australian

"Creates a tension that leaves the viewer siding with the locals who have been hoodwinked by the French for almost thirty years." -- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD , PINK GUIDE

"This disturbing deco introduces men and women whose simple wisdom refutes anything contained in official communiques ... A TOTAL SMACK IN THE FACE WITH A MUTANT MACKERAL!!!" -- Doug Anderson , SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"Why is it that the cancer rate in the Archipelago is one of the highest in the world ? This is one of many upsetting questions that come to mind while watching this outstanding documentary" -- TELERAMA (PARIS)


Co-production La Sept / Arte / Point Du Jour

Cameraman: Patrick Jan , Sound Recordist: Eric Grange , Editor: Eva Feigeles , Francoise Coombes , English Version: Oldie Le Clezio, Gillian O'Meara

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7 February 1996 (France) See more »

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