From the Hanford site in Washington State (home to scientists working on the Manhattan Project in 1943), to La Hague in France (a plutonium reprocessing plant), to Rokkasho in northern Japan (a nuclear plant built atop a seismic fault), this film tracks the origin and uses of plutonium.  Along the way it questions the transference of this material from military use to civilian use.  We hear citizens and politicians share their thoughts, and often their experiences of living near nuclear sites.  “Nuclear Lands” brings into focus the scientific, industrial and geopolitical stakes of plutonium, while recreating a history of the world-changing choice made in the mid-twentieth century, and the secret birth of dangerous industrial environments often sited in arid and desolate locations.