Film Festival: Nuclear Threat and Hope
August 7, 2017 - August 9, 2017
Join PSR/Harrisburg in learning about the gravest threat to humanity and efforts to end it, by watching a selection of dramatizations and documentaries made over the last 50 years to make sense of the nuclear threat. In an informal and friendly setting with food, you will have a chance to laugh, cry, and become informed about the difference you can make. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the link between arms expenditures on the federal level and financial and social problems faced by cities like Harrisburg. A light entrée and drinks will be provided between movies, your side dishes are welcome.
Time: August 7, 8, and 9, 4:00 - 9:00 pm. Each day a film will be shown, followed by a potluck meal and discussion, then a second film and discussion.
Location: Unitarian Church of Harrisburg 1280 Clover Lane
RSVP: email@example.com, or call 540 267-4317
Monday 4pm: Countdown to Zero (2010)
Documentary about how the likelihood of using nuclear weapons has increased due to accidents, the rise of terrorism, and lack of safeguards and accounting of nuclear weapons material, stressing the urgency of mitigating the risk of these weapons.
Monday 7pm: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
A classic, sophisticated, and entertaining movie about the thinking associated with idea of nuclear combat, dealing with the buildup to rather than aftermath of nuclear war.
Tuesday 4pm: Atomic Café (1982)
Collection of footage from Civil Defense films, educational shorts, and newsreels from the early days of the Cold War, showing how America dealt with the ever-present threat of holocaust during the cold war.
Tuesday 7pm: Threads (1984)
Dramatization of a nuclear attack on Sheffield, England from a month before, through 13 years after the destruction. May be the most realistic depiction ever made of what nuclear war would actually look like.
Wednesday 4pm: The Man Who Saved the World (2012)
Public TV true story of Russian naval officer who overrides protocol and refuses to fire his nuclear torpedo against the US Atlantic fleet during the Cuban Missile Crisis, almost certainly averting nuclear holocaust.
Wednesday 7pm: Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Dramatization of a little league pitcher who is so affected by a routine tour of a minuteman missile silo that he goes on strike until the nuclear threat is reduced, taking professional sports with him, and changing the world. Very entertaining and inspiring movie to remind each of us we can make a difference. Suitable for adolescents as well as adults.
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