Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  75 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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Snake Dance

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A reflection on the Promethean dimensions of nuclear power, following German-born Aby Warburg and Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb

Snake Dance

The knowledge needed to build the atomic bomb was not given to us, it was consciously pursued. And the world has been living with the consequences ever since. SNAKE DANCE is a personal reading of humankind's catastrophic decision to play God.

From New Mexico to Congo and Japan, this film explores the atomic legacy and the indelible stamp it has left on the world by following the tracks of two characters who forged this story: German-born Aby Warburg who studied the Pueblo Indians of Los Alamos, and Robert Oppenheimer who will always be known as the inventor of the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

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** The Buyens-Chagoll Prize - Visions Du Reel - Nyon 2012
** The Night Award - Festival international Signes de Nuit 2013
** Grand Prix Festival A NOUS DE VOIR 2013
** Winner, PLANETA.doc International, Brazil 2015


Main credits

Riche, Manu (film director)
Riche, Manu (screenwriter)
Riche, Manu (film producer)
Marnham, Patrick (film director)
Marnham, Patrick (screenwriter)
Marnham, Patrick (narrator)
Bauw, Geneviève de (film producer)

Other credits

Camera, Renaat Lambeets, Ross McDonnell; editing, Michèle Hubinon; music performance, Jun Kanno.

Distributor credits

A film by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham

Docuseek2 subjects

World History
Politics and Political Science
Science and Technology
World War II

Distributor subjects

History (World)
Science and Technology
World War II


Atomic bomb, war, history, memory; "Snake Dance"; Icarus Films

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