The Nuclear Age on Film

Nuclear disarmament seems to have gone out of fashion with our current White House Administration. At the same time, the United Nations continues to work on a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. 

One things for sure, the nuclear age cannot be consigned to the history books.

We have three films in the festival that show nuclear's potential for devastating impacts on life and the environment.

From an incredible review of our nuclear times from director Mark Cousins in ATOMIC; the plutonium contamination of the Rocky Flats and Diablo Canyon in Dark Circle; to the strangely relevant performance of Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove

The need for nuclear campaigners is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.


 

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ATOMIC: Living in Dread & Promise

Mark Cousins, UK, 2015, 71 mins

An impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times. Using only archive film and a new musical score by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai.

April 21, 9:00pm. Roxie
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Dark Circle

Judy Irving, Christopher Beaver, and Ruth Landy, USA, 1982, 82 mins

The Bomb is killing ordinary Americans, even in the absence of a nuclear war. This chilling — but ultimately hopeful — film explores how we're all affected by the nuclear age.

April 23, 12:30pm. Roxie
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1964, 95 mins

A classic Cold War satire with Peter Sellers as the eponymous Doctor with an ingenious and irrevocable scheme.

April 25, 7:00pm, Roxie
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