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Apocalypse, Man

Michael C. Ruppert examines the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

In the penultimate episode of our six-part documentary, Michael C. Ruppert examines the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

Here is an accompanying statement from Michael:

"Two weeks after VICE finished filming in Crestone, after reading and posting many verified reports from official, semi-official and expert sources, I concluded that all official accounts were deceptions, especially the charade that TEPCO was removing fuel rods from the Spent Fuel Pool at Reactor 4 which was most likely destroyed within of the earthquake. There is no way to determine – given Japan's new State Secrets law – the true extent of original damage, or the ongoing, uncontrolled release of radiation into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean which has continued without pause.


"All I am certain of is that the original incident was much worse than has been acknowledged and that, three years later, it remains uncontrollable by any known technology."

Most people were first exposed to Michael C. Ruppert through the 2009 documentary, Collapse, directed by Chris Smith. Collapse was one of the scariest documentaries about our world and the fragile the state of our planet. It was also one of VICE's favourite films from the past ten years.

Michael was forced to leave the LAPD after claiming that the CIA was complicit in selling drugs across America, and he quickly became one of the most original and strident voices to talk about climate change, government corruption and peak oil through his website, “From the Wilderness.”

Following the release of Collapse, Michael’s personal life underwent something of a collapse itself and he paid off all his debts, left behind all his friends and moved with his dog Rags to Colorado, planning to commit suicide.

VICE caught up with Michael in the middle of the epic beauty of the Rocky Mountains at the end of last year. We found a man undergoing a spiritual rebirth – still passionate about the world and with a whole new set of apocalyptic issues to talk about.

Apocalypse, Man is an intimate portrait of a man convinced of the imminent collapse of the world, but with answers to how the human spirit can survive the impending apocalypse.

Apocalypse, Man is a feature-length documentary to be released over the next few weeks. 

Soundtrack by Sunn O))), Flaming Lips, Interpol, Michael C. Ruppert and more.

Directed by Andy Capper.