Pandora’s Promise


The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.

Title: Pandora’s Promise
Country of Origin: USA
Year of completion: 2013
Duration: 87 min.
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Film Credits:
Director/Writer: Robert Stone
Producers: Robert Stone, Susan Swartz, Dan Cogan, & Jim Swartz
Photography: Robert Stone & Howard Shack
Editor: Don Klenzy

Screening at:

  • September 11, 2014
    4:00 PM
    Santo Domingo, UNPHU
  • September 11, 2014
    7:00 PM
    Santo Domingo, FUNGLODE
  • September 13, 2014
    9:30 AM
    San Francisco de Macorís
    Salón de Conferencia, Biblioteca Nazario Rizek-Badia Llabaly-UCNE
  • September 13, 2014
    6:00 PM
    La Vega, Casa de la Cultura de Constanza

Biography of Director Robert Stone:

pandora_directorRobert Stone is a multi-award-winning, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Born in England in 1958, Stone grew up in both Europe and America. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, he moved to New York City in 1983 determined to pursue a career in filmmaking. He gained considerable recognition for his first film, Radio Bikini (1987), which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. Multi-tasking as a producer, director, writer, editor and cameraman, Stone has over the last 25 years developed an esteemed international reputation for his unique and critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop-culture, the mass media and the environment. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly called Stone “the most under-celebrated great documentary filmmaker in America,” for directing “two of the most explosively insightful documentaries of the last decade.” His best-known films include Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004), which premiered at Sundance, and Oswald’s Ghost (2007) for which Stone earned his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking.

Do you want to promote DREFF?

Sponsors and Collaborators

© Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) - All Rights Reserved