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The screening of NZ Festival documentaries is now complete.

NZ Festival was a season of in-depth feature-length documentaries, by New Zealand's most experienced filmmakers.

Take a look at the full rundown of the documentaries that were broadcast in December 2007 and January 2008. 

The Nuclear Comeback

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The nuclear industry reports that climate change is fuelling a global nuclear renaissance.

There are currently 27 nuclear power stations under construction, and projections for another 136 to be commenced within the next decade.

But are we potentially jumping out of the carbon frying pan and into the plutonium fire?

The Nuclear Comeback goes on a worldwide tour of the nuclear industry in search of answers - visiting some of the planet's most famous nuclear facilities.

"In the past couple years, I've noticed that more than a few energy providers, policy makers, scientists and environmentalists have joined forces to suggest that the world needs to embrace nuclear power again," says director Justin Pemberton. "In fact, they've gone as far as to say it's clean and green!"

Pemberton decided to find out whether nuclear power really did have the potential to save the planet. "I gathered an artillery of arguments for and against nuclear power then set off around the globe for heated debates with nuclear energy producers, uranium miners, pro-nuclear greenies, nuclear waste disposers, scientists and skeptics."

"I was amazed to be allowed full access to nuclear power plants and a uranium mine, to the contaminated Sellafield site in the UK and the Chernobyl plant in the Ukraine. The nuclear industry seemed keen to open its doors - and to talk about past mistakes and how we might learn to love it again."

Pemberton believes that The Nuclear Comeback lays the key cards on the table in the revived nuclear debate.

"The nuclear industry has some aces and some spades. It's now up to us to decide how much we want to stake on the nuclear hand. The scary thing is we may now be gambling with our planet's survival."