Film tells tales of towns lost to make way for Cold War bomb plant

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A new documentary aims to tell the story of the six-thousand South Carolinians that were displaced in 1950 to make way for a 300-square-mile Savannah River Site that would produce material for nuclear weapons.

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Here's a bit about that film, "Displaced: The Unexpected Fallout from the Cold War," from their Web site:
In this new and thought-provoking documentary, residents of the South Carolina farming towns of Ellenton, Dunbarton and Meyers Mill tell their personal stories of family and community life during the 1940's and early '50's and its shocking disruption by the government confiscation of their towns to make room for one of the largest nuclear weapon production facilities in the world. In Displaced, they recall the fear, anger and dismay of the 5,000 residents forced to abandon homes and land many had known for generations.

You can catch the trailer and a few clips on their site, but there will be a premier on March 20 at the University of South Carolina at Aiken's Etherredge Center at 471 University Parkway.

If you can't make it, they'll also be selling a DVD of the film.