Reviews and Festivals
"A penetrating look at the radioactive desert of the Navajo Reservation suffering from the effects of decades of uranium mining, Demon Mineral paints a devastating portrait of bureaucratic inaction and its long-term impact on human life. This fascinating documentary employs an array of well-sourced scientific data, coupled with archival and on-the-ground footage, to bring into vivid focus the heartbreaking toll of omnipresent radiation on the Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah Indigenous population... The illuminating Demon Mineral is an essential vehicle for those directly impacted by this dire situation to draw attention to their plight."
— Zaki Hasan, Film Critic / Lecturer, San Jose State University
"A film manifesto that is intelligent in both its form and narrative content."
— Maren Willkomm, Programmer, Munich International Documentary Festival
"Austin's direction is precise, and though the film is presented more like a mosaic and less like a linear narrative, the experience is profoundly affecting. Demon Mineral is a damning indictment of the U.S. government's negligence and violence toward Indigenous communities and serves as a strong companion piece to last year's Oppenheimer, showing just how far-reaching the negative effects of the nuclear arms race were."
— SLUG Magazine
"Extraordinary, haunting documentary... An incredibly distinctive, inventive film"
— The Geek Show
"Hadley Austin's Demon Mineral combines a portrait of problems and insights into the present of the indigenous Navajo into a cross-stylistic documentary. A visually and thematically interesting debut that doesn't follow any obsessive structure."
— Paul Seidel, editorial staff, Moviebreak.de
"The impression of despair is as strong as the structure of Austin's film is relentless, combining misdeeds, solutions and testimonies in a kind of inevitability making the outcome as predictable as it is outrageous. At a time when American cinema is celebrating the so-called intelligence of Oppenheimer, Austin's little film is to be celebrated so much it shows the complexity of this underground fight against global poisoning."
— Mathieu Li-Goyette, Editor-In-Chief, Panorama-Cinéma
"Like entering a living, breathing chronicle where ancient traditions clash with modern environmental challenges... A vibrant pulsating narrative that paints a picture of resilience against the harsh backdrop of uranium mining in the Navajo Nation... Demon Mineral is a rich, emotionally charged narrative that captures the essence of a community's battle for survival. Austin and her team have crafted a compelling, educational narrative that offers a deep dive into a chapter of American history that often goes unnoticed. Blending personal stories with environmental activism and cultural insights, Demon Mineral is an essential watch for anyone fascinated by the intersection of history, environment, and indigenous rights."
— Overly Honest Movie Reviews
Slamdance Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature
Mill Valley Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Munich International Documentary Festival
International First Peoples Festival
Osnabrück Film Festival