Recent international developments are increasing concerns about the possibility of a nuclear confrontation. That concern led the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in early 2017 to move its famous Doomsday Clock to 2 1/2 minutes before midnight -- the closest to midnight since 1953.
Updated following the 2016 presidential election, The Nuclear Requiem
presents an in-depth reflection on the danger nuclear weapons pose, an assessment of the current obstacles to disarmament, and a frank discussion of what it will take to overcome the roadblocks to reduce the nuclear threat.
Featured are more than three dozen top security experts and citizen activists from around the world. An original piano composition by Alain Kremski provides a meditative background score to the informed commentary.
The film begins with a brief overview of the major milestones in the nuclear age to provide essential historical background. It then highlights the status of nuclear weapons worldwide and the current major areas of concern: North Korea, Russia, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and the Trump administration's statements. Inside a UN session on nuclear nonproliferation, we witness first-hand the complex political and strategic concerns that make steps towards disarmament a major challenge.The Nuclear Requiem
also reviews some recent hopeful developments and voices from a new generation of younger experts and activists who are working globally to change the dialogue around what is possible.
The film includes President Obama’s historic 2016 visit to Hiroshima, the first by a U.S. President, where he suggests we must "look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.” AMONG THOSE FEATURED IN THE FILM
- DARYL KIMBALL, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
- ANTONIO GUTERRES, United Nations Secretary General
- AVNER COHEN, Senior Fellow, Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute for International Studies
- ROSE GOTTEMOELLER, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, US Dept of State
- THOMAS COUNTRYMAN, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non Proliferation
- GRIGORY BERDENNIKOV, Russian Ambassador, Nuclear Arms
- JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, former UN Undersecretary for Disarmament
- ANNA VASSILIEVA, Professor of Russian Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- TATSU SUZUKI, Director of Research Center, Nagasaki University
- THOMAS MARKRAM, Deputy Director of Office of Disarmament Affairs, United Nations
- LASSINA ZERBO, Executive Secretary, The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
- LAURA ROCKWOOD, Director, the Vienna Center for Non-Proliferation
- JACKIE CABASSO, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation
- WILLIAM POTTER,Founder and Director, Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey
THE NUCLEAR WORLD PROJECT
The producer's website includes additional resources, including links to organizations working on nuclear issues:Nuclear World Project