Cheese Instead of Uranium

Director: Norbert G. Suchanek & Márcia Gomes de Oliveira

Brazil, Germany, 2019



Nisa is a beautiful medieval village on the north of Alejento, Portugal. The citizens of Nisa have made the decision to leave the uranium present in the village’s soil not to mess with its natural sources that are present above the ground, in favor of sustainable development. At the beginning of the 21st century, the local movement “Urânio em Nisa Não” influenced the City Hall and the City council to declare that uranium exploration in the region will never be allowed. “Keep it in the ground!” is Nisa’s powerful message for other communities in the world. Retracting below ground ore would be short-term money, but no good for the region’s future. That is why this movement received the international “Nuclear-Free Future Award” in 2012.

Director's bio

Norbert G. Suchanek was born in 1963 in Würzburg in Germany. Since 1988 he works as investigative environmental, human rights and science journalist, book author, photographer and filmmaker. In the 1980ies and 1990ies he researched in conflict regions like Northern Ireland, Palestine and West-Papua/PNG. Later he moved his focus on Brazil, its rainforests and indigenous peoples. Since 2006 he lives and works as correspondent and filmmaker in Rio de Janeiro – Marcia Gomes de Oliveira was born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFR), with a specialization in Environmental Planning. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Legal and Social Sciences of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Her dissertation was about the Guarani Mbyá of Rio de Janeiro. Together with German journalist Norbert G. Suchanek she started filmmaking in 2006. Marcia and Norbert’s first documentary film together was selected by the 4th Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood 2007 and several other international film festivals.


Camera: Norbert G. Suchanek

Editor: Norbert G. Suchanek

Sound: Norbert G. Suchanek

Music: Norbert G. Suchanek

Producer: Márcia Gomes de Oliveira