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In the Shadow of Epidemics and Racism: War and Nuclear Weapons
Watch Dr. John Reuwer’s introduction to the series HERE
Why launch a film series about war and nuclear weapons now?
As the corona virus rages across the globe and racism rears its ugly head through police violence against people of color and protestors, we must not forget our ongoing struggle to preserve humanity from climate degradation and the ultimate expression of state violence – the imminent threat of nuclear annihilation.
Eliminating viral plagues, healing our culture of racism, and healing our environment are complex challenges that require enormous ongoing research and resources; eliminating nuclear weapons, is relatively simple. We built them, and we can take them apart. Doing so will pay for itself, and not building new ones will free up enormous sums of money and brain power to work on our more complex threats.
To understand why dismantling nuclear weapons quickly makes so much sense, one has to understand the logic of war, and the history and nature of these weapons. WILPF, PSR and VTIFF have partnered to offer a series of films and discussions to help us do just that, and what can be done to eliminate this threat.
Join us for this series of discussions! We recommend that you view each film ahead of time, and each title below has information about how to view it online – they are either available for free or for very low cost. Then you can join us for the live (virtual) discussions.
Register HERE to receive a link to all the post screening discussions.
1. The Moment in Time: The Manhattan Project
2000 | 56min | Directed by John Bass |
View on Youtube HERE
This Library of Congress and Los Alamos National Laboratory co-production uses interviews and oral histories with many of the key Manhattan Project scientists who helped build the bomb. The film charts the fear that the Nazis were working on an atomic bomb, and follows its development up to the explosion of the ‘Trinity” bomb on July 16, 1945 with scarce consideration given to the population living in the vicinity.
July 13, 7-8 PM Discussion with Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, a community group founded to support families affected by the Trinity test, and Joni Arends, a leading voice against the nuclear weapons industry in New Mexico.
2. Bílá Nemoc (White Disease)
1937 | 104 min | Directed by Hugo Haas (also starring) |
View on Czech Film Archive site HERE (make sure to click on the CC link for English subtitles)
Adapted from a play by Karel Čapek, beautifully shot in expressive black and white and written at a time of increasing threat from Nazi Germany to Czechoslovakia. A bellicose, nationalist leader whose plans to invade a smaller country are complicated by a strange illness making its way through his nation. They call it the “white disease. The disease came from China and only affects people older than 45. Some scenes are creepily similar to events of today.
July 23, 7-8 PM Discussion with Orly Yadin of the Vermont International Film Festival
3. Command and Control
PBS Documentary highlighting how close we have come to destroying ourselves in the pursuit of nuclear superiority. Atomic weapons are man-made machines. Man-made machines sooner or later break. A very serious accident, or even atomic apocalypse is only a matter of time.
July 30, 7-8 PM Discussion with Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network
Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
4. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Timeless classic starring Peter Sellers and considered one of the best black comedies of all time, an early attempt to deal with the insane contradiction of building civilization-ending weapons to preserve civilization, a contradiction that we have not yet resolved.
Aug 6, 7-8 PM Discussion with Marc Estrin, critic, artist, activist, and author of
Kafka’s Roach: The Life and Times of Gregor Samsa, which explores, among
many other things, the ethical dilemma of nuclear weapons.
1984 | 117 min | Directed by Mick Jackson |
View on Amazon HERE
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.
Aug 7, 7-8 PM Discussion with Dr. John Reuwer, of Physicians for Social
Responsibility, and Adjunct Professor of Nonviolent Conflict at St. Michael’s
6. Amazing Grace and Chuck
1987 | 102 minutes | Directed by Mike Newell |
View on Amazon HERE
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. (Amazon Prime)
Aug 8, 7-8 PM Discussion with Dr. John Reuwer, of Physicians for Social
Responsibility, and Adjunct Professor of Nonviolent Conflict at St. Michael’s
7. The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons
2019 | 56 min | Directed by Álvaro Orús | Link to View available from July 8
The story of ordinary citizens working over 10 years to make the humanitarian case against nuclear weapons, and battling states with nuclear weapons to adopt the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons in 2017, with the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Aug 9, 7-8 PM Discussion with Alice Slater who serves on the Board of World BEYOND War and is a UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is on the Board of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the Advisory Board of Nuclear Ban-US supporting the efforts of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for the effective entry into force of the successfully negotiated Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
August 1 @ 9pm EST: International meeting
August 5 @ 9pm EST: World Conference – Hiroshima Day Rally
August 8 @ 9am EST: World Conference – Nagasaki Day Rally
Aug. 2-9 (Dates & Time TBA): Organizing Committee-sponsored 3 Special Sessions
Sponsor: Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop format has been revised to be a Zoom meeting. Although this is not ideal, and it eliminates many of the public outreach events (as well as informal networking opportunities), we are pressing on. Participants are joining from several different time zones across the world, and we have scheduled the workshop hours accordingly. Zoom will be posted to website when events begin.
Begins 7 AM (PDT) each day
Sponsor: Oregon State University
August 5 Wed. 9AM, Tacoma Catholic Worker, 1415 S. G St., Tacoma (11 miles)
August 6 Thu. 11AM, Lake Forest Park City Hall – 230PM Bath House Theatre, Green Lake, Seattle (7 miles)
August 8 Sat. 9AM Chief Seattle’s Grave, 7076 NE South St. Suquamish – 3:30PM: Arrive at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd., Poulsbo (13 miles)
A three day Peace Walk from Tacoma to Green Lake to Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA. “For me, who was born as a Japanese, the abolition of nuclear weapons and the abolition of racism are common. To put it to the extreme, only one side does not realize it independently. The Marshall Islands, French Polynesian nuclear victims and Japanese fishermen who were victims of the hydrogen bomb should one day be compensated and apologized to. They are the same humans. And it should never happen again. It is a good opportunity. This year, I would like to walk for a world without nuclear weapons and a world without racism with paying attention to pandemics. It is only a few days walk. However, I would like to do what I can do again in a familiar place like my Ground Zero friends.”
Sponsor: the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple
Exploring the intersectionality of racism, violence, and war with paintings, drawings, songs, music, dance, poetry, spoken word, and much more from folks all over the world sharing their messages of hope. Performances by: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Method Man, Frankie Faison, Peter Kuznick (The Untold History of the United States), and much more to be announced. Broadcast from New York, in partnership with the city of Hiroshima, Japan.
Sponsor: Hiroshima and New York “Peace + Art + Music”
This yearly event—the 46th year—is a very powerful, moving, public statement of our dedication to peace and nuclear disarmament. This year is the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. GVCP timed the vigil for Wednesday, August 5th in the evening because it will be August 6th in the morning in Hiroshima, which is when the atomic bomb exploded. Please join, and bring a friend!
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace (GVCP)
PSR and our coalition partners are excited to host a national virtual event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
We envision this virtual gathering as a creative, intersectional way to shine a spotlight on local events nationwide, to highlight the stories of survivors, to look toward the future of a world free from nuclear threats, and to amplify the voices of activists, experts and others beyond their typical audience.
This will be a two-day event featuring live and pre-recorded segments.
Please join us to share poems and community readings and recite the Peace Declarations from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan.
August 6: 8 AM (EST)
August 9: 10:45 AM (EST)
Sponsor: Greater New Haven Peace Council, City of New Haven Peace Commission
August 6: 8AM (EDT)
August 8/9 (two showtimes): August 8 – 8PM (EST) OR August 9 – 3PM (EST)
The video presentation will feature former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, former US Secretary of State George Shultz to honor their life-long dedication to nuclear abolition. A youth award will be given in their name to Kehkashan Basu, President and Founder of Green Hope Foundation. Speakers will include Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima, Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki, former US Senator Sam Nunn, Mohamed Elbaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Laureate, Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director ICAN and others. The presentation will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube and various websites.
Sponsors: United Religious Initiative, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace, Charter for Compassion