Picture Farm’s Jose Roman has spent the last two years editing The Nuclear Requiem and the final cut is now seeing the light of day.
“Produced 70 years after the creation and first use of nuclear weapons, THE NUCLEAR REQUIEM is a film meditation that explores the conundrum of humankind’s most lethal weapon, investigates the continuing struggle over how to resolve this complex issue, and ponders why nuclear weapons continue to exist. The documentary features commentary by leading experts, heads of international agencies, and world leaders, who provide insights on the realities of living in a nuclear world, the challenges of moving beyond nuclear weapons, and the hard work needed to invest in arms control and nonproliferation.”
From Jose: “Just a slight insight… It was interesting to gather different people with different cultures and beliefs who all had this common thread: the hope that a nuclear weapon is never used in warfare ever again. The director, Bob Frye, interviewed over 50 people around the world who work in the nuclear “field” in different ways, whether it be nuclear energy, terrorism, activism, or law. Bob was an EP on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, this amongst a lifetime of credits in news and journalism.”
To watch it immediately (NOW), visit the PBS website (http://www.pbs.org/video/2365991179/). I can also send a protected Vimeo link if someone wants to watch overseas. It also will air on local PBS stations in coming weeks, including WNYE tomorrow, 4/18 at 11pm, WLIW in NY on Sunday 4/30 at 10pm.
125 stations will be airing the film at this time, including PBS World:
In NY: Cablevision Ch 132, Spectrum 1278, Verizon Fios 473
In Philly: WHYY Ch 12
In LA: Cox Cable Ch 814/105, Spectrum 1269
From VideoProject.com :
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
Jose Roman is an integral part of our post production department and has been editing this film over the last two years. Picture Farm Production has no connection to the making of film itself, other than our customary moral (and often scheduling) support for the artists and craftspeople we employ, for their own personal projects.