Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations.
Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled 'Nuclear Savage:The Islands of Secret Project 4.1.' This award-winning feature length documentary is a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after of decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents and devastating survivor testimony, this untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell, using Marshall islanders as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings.