DIRECTORStelzer, C.D. / Carrick, Alison
TITLEThe First Secret City
DISTRIBUTORStella Maris Productions
RUNNING TIME124 minutes

This documentary film reveals the impact of the Manhattan Project’s radioactive heritage on the St. Louis region and citizens. Told through the eyes of a worker exposed to radiation, the film advances through interviews. It reveals how a group of seemingly unrelated people discovered alarming connections in their neighborhoods, adding up to an environmental disaster in Coldwater Creek and West Lake Landfill in Venice, Illinois and other nearby locations. Years in the making, the film uncovers the continuing impact of decisions made during World War II. In 2016, the film won the John Michaels Award at Southern Illinois University’s Big Muddy Film Festival for its treatment of critical social and environmental justice issues. The film is available online from various media vendors and can also be purchased as a DVD from The First Secret City website.

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