Directed by Robbie Leppzer
Turning Tide Films
86 minutes • 2019 • HD
As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the triple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan, this nuclear disaster had a profound effect in the small state of Vermont, as it occurred in the midst of a years-long citizens’ campaign to close down an aging nuclear power plant located on the banks of the Connecticut River in southern Vermont.
Filmed over five years by director Robbie Leppzer, POWER STRUGGLE portrays a heated political battle and follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected state officials—alarmed at increasing safety violations—take on the federal government and one of the biggest power companies in the U.S. to achieve a rare grassroots environmental victory.
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), a nuclear engineer, a company spokesperson, federal nuclear regulators, and many activists.
POWER STRUGGLE is a timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing to make a difference for a sustainable energy future.
“POWER STRUGGLE is the remarkable story about how people power overcame corporate power and government cover-ups to finally shut down an aging and dangerous nuclear plant. We see how small town citizens were transformed into tenacious environmental activists who triumphed against the odds. POWER STRUGGLE is a hopeful story that reminds us that citizen activism is not just possible, it is essential to saving our endangered planet.”
— David Goodman, best-selling author, journalist and radio host, THE VERMONT CONVERSATION
“A genuine David vs. Goliath battle. A rich story of whether grassroots democracy, in the form of citizens and local government, can triumph over entrenched, powerful interests like the nuclear energy industry. Through a story with many twists and turns, Leppzer keeps the film’s focus on the individuals caught up in the drama.”
— Steve Pfarrer, DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
“For more than four decades, filmmaker Robbie Leppzer has been combining a mastery of the craft of storytelling through documentary films with an incisive analysis of how power operates. POWER STRUGGLE is journalism at its best.”
— Robert Jensen, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
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