'Into Eternity', 'Le Quattro Volte' open at the Ross

Scene from "Le Quattro Volte."
Scene from "Le Quattro Volte."

The documentaries “Into Eternity” and “Le Quattro Volte” open today at the Ross. The opening weekend includes a 2:30 p.m., June 5 movie talk on “Into Eternity.” Both movies show through June 9.

“Into Eternity” is a mind-bending film that explores the pitfalls of storing nuclear waste for 100,000 years — the time estimated by scientists to render it safe. The documentary features the Onkalo storage facility under construction in Finland. Onkalo is a gigantic network of underground tunnels that will be filled with high-level radioactive waste.

The facility must last 10 times longer than any other manmade structure ever built, resisting all thinkable climate changes, erosion and evolution. And, the facility must also be secured from human intrusion.

The June 5 movie talk follows the 1 p.m. screening of “Into Eternity.” A panel will guide the discussion. Panelists include Clifford Bettis, research associate professor of physics and astronomy at UNL; Alan Dostal, corporate nuclear business manager for Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper Nuclear Station; John Gates, assistant professor in UNL’s department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Daniel King, environmental health specialist with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department; and Cecil Steward, dean emeritus in UNL’s College of Architecture.

The 2:30 p.m. movie talk is free and open to the public. Admission to the 1 p.m. screening is at regular Ross ticket prices.

“Le Quattro Volte” is inspired by Pythagora’s belief in four-fold transmigration, by which the soul is passed from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, the documentary traces the cycle of life through daily rituals in the southern Italian region of Calabria. The film is structured in four parts, opening with a shepherd tending a heard of goats. The storyline transitions to one of the goats, a tree the goat seeks shelter under, and the industrialized fate of the tree.

For more information on films at the Ross, click the link below or call (402) 472-5353.

More details at: http://www.theross.org