64 min

A Libra Film Productions
In co-production with Hai-Hui Entertaiment
With the support of The National Centre of Cinematography - Romania and the Romanian Television Society


There are several legends about the discovery of the uranium ore deposits from Baita. Some of them say that Soviet would have been accidentally discovered the ore in the early 50’s. Others say that the Germans were informed about its existence and they even built an acces road. It is said that if the Germans would have had enough time to exploit the ore, the faith of the war and the world would have been diffrent. Or maybe not…
Now, Romania is changing, but there are things from the past that still remain a secret. The old people from Baita Plai, retired from the uranium mine nearby remember how many decades ago the Russians came and shortly thereafter they developed a small city and proceeded with the massive exploitation of the ore. The main objective: support of the Soviet military nuclear program.
Almost eight thousand Romanian miners were working day and night, around the clock, in four shifts. There was no concern for the labor or environmental protection. Most of the mine’s employees didn’t even know they were extracting uranium, but quartz or lead.
People were not supposed to talk about this and they still don’t. Even though in February 2009 the uranium mine was officially decommissioned and the entire area entered in an environmental program, as an irony of the faith, the uranium comes back home as radioactive waste. By a Government decision from 1983, some galleries of the former uranium mine from Baita Plai were transformed into the National Radioactive Waste Storage.
Now, in the miner colony Baita Plai there are still 90 people – a small and poor community living in a place that seems devastated by an atomic bombing. They ignore the fact that here the radiations are three times higher then the normal dose, because their only concern is to survive. But besides the poorness, the myth of uranium insinuates in their daily routine.

Director: Adina Popescu, Iulian Ghervas
Scriptwriter: Adina Popescu, Iulian Ghervas
Producer: Tudor Giurgiu
DOP: Adrian Calev
Editing: Monica Hauler Szasz
Sound design: Sorin Bodai
ASTRA Film Festival - Sibiu, Romania, 2009 - Best Research Award
Transilvania International Film Festival TIFF - Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2010 - ECO TIFF