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Democracy prevails when a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a dedicated array of citizen activists to accomplish a rare grassroots environmental victory in closing an aging nuclear reactor in Vermont.
Filmed over five years, this 86-minute feature-length documentary chronicles the heated political battle to close the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, located on the banks of the Connecticut River in southern Vermont.
POWER STRUGGLE follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials – alarmed at increasing safety violations—took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires.
The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials (including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin), nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, and federal nuclear regulators.
A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future.
POWER STRUGGLE is also a warning about the toxic legacy of high-level radioactive waste that will remain at every nuclear power plant around the world indefinitely into the future.
Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer and Turning Tide Productions ,based in Wendell, MA, in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
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Robbie Leppzer is remarkably sensitive regarding the nuances of his
subject matter and protagonists. The result is filmmaking that is both
compelling and thought provoking."
Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker with forty years experience directing over thirty independent film, video, and public radio documentaries for national and international distribution.
His critically acclaimed feature-length and short documentaries, as well as commissioned television news magazine segments, about contemporary social issues, grassroots activism, and multicultural themes have been broadcast by CNN International, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation HBO/Cinemax, PBS, CNN, Sundance Channel, HDNet, Free Speech TV, Link TV, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio.
Since 1985, Leppzer has been director of Turning Tide Productions, an independent documentary video production company located in Wendell, Massachusetts.
From the environmental protests of the 1970s, to the growing global peace, social justice and environmental movements of the new millennium, Leppzer has chronicled grassroots social movements over the last four decades.
“I film stories of people who stick their necks out to take risks for grassroots social change and build bridges across cultures,” says Leppzer.
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Photo Credits: All website photos by Robbie Leppzer, unless otherwise noted.
Home Page Photo Credits: Maria Buscaglia (Top photo of Robbie Leppzer filming on location at the Roxbury Preparatory Public Charter School in Roxbury, MA for BEATING THE ODDS), Richard Bancroft (COLUMBUS DIDN'T DISCOVER US and catalog cover), Sara Elinoff (Middle photo of Robbie Leppzer, plus bottom photo of Leppzer filming on location in Condega, Nicaragua for FUTBOLITO: A JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA).
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