Denkmal-Film Verhaag

Das achte Gebot

The Eighth Commandment

a film by Bertram Verhaag

95 min

Please note: this film is only available in German!


After “Spaltprozesse” (“Nuclear Split”) and “Restrisiko” (“Residual Risk”) comes Bertram Verhaag’s and Claus Strigel’s third documentary film on the topic of nuclear energy: “Das Achte Gebot” (“The Eighth Commandment”).

This film is not an investigation of the scientific arguments for and against nuclear energy. It doesn’t deal with graphite reactors or breeders, or with the effects of radiation. This is a film about one thing: the way we relate to one another. Its focus is on the methods used by the masters of nuclear energy, the language used by the operators, the rhetorical tools of the power station managers, the empty jargon of the spokespeople and the lies of the politicians. It begins with documents showing that, over the course of 5 decades, in every nuclear state, people have had the wool pulled over their eyes. It spans the period from the very first prototype reactor to the aborted attempt to build a reprocessing plant at Wackersdorf; from nuclear tests in Nevada to the devastating events at Chernobyl.

“The Eighth Commandment” will leave you in no doubt: the history of nuclear power is a history of lies, deception - and violence.

Hauptpreis Ökomedia 1991 -- Prädikat wertvoll, Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden (FBW) 1991 -- Preis vom Verband der russischen Filmemacher, Moskauer Umweltfilmfestival 1993
Buch & Regie Bertram Verhaag Kamera Claus Strigel - Waldemar Hauschild
Schnitt Rainer Standke Ton Liane Grimm Assistenz Robert Vakily - Patrick Campbell - Franz Waltl - Astrid Rosen
Musik Ulrich Bassenge - Wolfgang Neumann Mischung Max Rammler Produktionsleitung E. Katharina Ritter

Unterstützt durch die kulturelle Filmförderung der Stadt Hamburg
© 1991 DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH