Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement

‘Atomic Hope’ follows a tiny global movement of unpopular pro-nuclear activists, who strongly believe we need nuclear power in order to decarbonize our energy systems, before catastrophic climate change occurs.

Intimately filmed over a ten year period, these advocates for nuclear energy come from all over the world; from Japan to Switzerland, America to Australia. But these individual activists face clashes and opposition at every juncture. Nuclear meltdowns, costs, radiation fears and nuclear waste are just some of the very serious issues which traditional environmentalists have against this technology.

However in the face of this pushback and conflict, they argue that “science and data is all we have”. It’s the science they base their environmental movement on, which directly challenges popular beliefs and myths around nuclear energy and these prevailing issues.

So are they right? In the face of a very real climate emergency, with time ticking towards irreversible climate change – is it now time that people around the world pause to take a sober look at the science, stop the mass closure of nuclear power plants and fully reconsider nuclear energy as a viable solution to this ensuing catastrophe?


  • Year: 2022
  • Duration: 83 & 52 mins
  • Production: Kennedy Films
  • Director: Frankie Fenton
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: Ireland


  • Hot Docs 2022 (Canada), Galway Film Fleadh 2022 (Ireland), IFI Documentary Festival 2022 (Ireland), Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2022 (Estonia), Festival des Libertés 2022 (Belgium), Solidarity Tel Aviv Film Festival 2022 (Israel), #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival 2023 (Spain)