Movies and Material
If you want to watch a movie about nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament, there are quite some options – both to download or to order.
The film Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future is produced by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. If you are looking for a short, but very informative and well-produced introductory movie about nuclear weapons and disarmament, this is where to begin.
With a lot of creativity and curiosity, two 13-year old boys from Chicago have tried to understand how nuclear weapons were created and why they still exist. The result is the movie Genie in a Bottle – Unleashed.
The People Versus the Bomb is a documentary by Kevin Sanders about the failed 2005 Reviev Conference of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and what the consequences are to international politics.
Climate of Hope is an animated documentary that takes the viewer along for a scientific tour of climate change, the nuclear fuel chain and the ongoing energy revolution. The movie was produced in 2007 by Scott Ludlam and Jose Garcia.
There are more examples of movies dealing with nuclear weapons
On the Beach – American movie from 1959. A nuclear war has annihilated all life in the Northern Hemisphere and a radioactive cloud threatens to affect the rest of the world within six months.
Fail Safe – The crew of a US bomber equipped with nuclear warheads gets an order to launch a nuclear attack on Moscow. The order is given as a result of a technical problem. The US government realises what is about to happen and tries to stop the launch. Over the telephone “hot line”, the US informs the Soviet Union about how to stop the plane, but the Soviet army also fails. To avoid a global nuclear war, the US President decides to drop a similar bomb on New York.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – a Stanley Kubrick satire with a theme similar to Fail Safe.
Wargames – To avoid the human factor, a computer with artificial intelligence controls the US nuclear weapons. this turns problematic when a young boy by mistake hacks into the Pentagon and plays the “game” Global Thermonuclear War. The movie gave inspiration to the computer game Defcon.
The Sum Of All Fears – A thriller about a terrorist who gets his hands on a secret nuclear weapon from the Six Days War and transports it to the US,There he detonates it during a rugby game, making it look like an act of Russia. Now it is up to CIA agent Jack Ryan to avoid an outbreak of a nuclear war between the US and Russia.
Atomic Train – Action movie from 1999 about a train accident with a train carrying a Russian nuclear weapon.
Jericho – A series about life in a village after a nuclear war.
Examples of novels dealing with nuclear weapons
- On the Beach by Nevil Shute
- Warday by Whiley Streiber and James Kunetka
- Dragon by Clive Cussler
- The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
- Aniara by Harry Martinsson
Here the Ban All Nukes Generation – a European youth network against nuclear weapons – gathered a lot of great information on how to work for nuclear disarmament.
You will find the inspiration and all the information you might need to arrange your own rally!
The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War’s student movement also offer a lot of great tips and ideas if you want to get active. Be inspired at http://www.ippnw-students.org/NWIP/index.php?ID=15 l
More material from the medical students at the Target X campaign website: http://www.ippnw-students.org/Target/downloads.html
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) offers a great web resource through its ICAN project. Here you will find as much information as you might need, as well as vidoe clips, broschures, publications etc. to download for free. http://www.icanw.org/resources