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Mururoa 1973 Television (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

Mururoa 1973

Television (Full Length) – 1973 Documentary

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In 1973 Alister Barry joined the crew of a protest boat (The Fri) to Mururoa Atoll, where the French Government were testing nuclear weapons. Barry records the assembly of the crew, the long journey from Northland, and their reception in the test zone; when The Fri was boarded and impounded by French military he had to hide his camera in a barrel of oranges. The Fri was a key part of activism that was formative for environmental group Greenpeace, and anti-nuclear sentiment in NZ. Barry's debut film screened primetime on NZ TV and gained international attention.

I think that the boats in the zone gave a real dramatic context to the issue [nuclear testing] so that the press worldwide was able to take it up and raise it in the consciences of people all over the world.
– Alister Barry