Our documentary film follows the journey of nuclear weapons development from uranium extraction to weapons deployment. At each step we examine the numerous impacts this industry has on communities and individual lives. A nuclear weapon does not have to be detonated to be dangerous or even deadly.  We bring enquiring young adults together with those living in affected communities as well as experts for on-camera discussions. This approach creates a social action within the process of filmmaking, making for a more dynamic viewing experience and gives younger viewers a point of access to the film. It also adds a visceral humanity to the already unsettling stories. The nuclear weapons industry has contaminated the water and agriculture of many populations around the globe, a majority of which are within indigenous communities. Our intention is to bring these stories forward to audiences with a heightened level of humanity and accessibility.

The film also discusses the international and political efforts to control the proliferation of these weapons. Historically it has been the nuclear weapons states which have decided when to, or more commonly when not to, pursue weapons control negotiations. Our documentary brings to light efforts by the wider global community and their successes and struggles in working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. Following the film's established format of introducing young adults to those individuals affected by the industry, we now include experts of international relations as we experience insightful discussions about the importance of such efforts from the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean signed in 1967, to the recent adoption in 2017 by the United Nations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  

February

01

Nuclear Posture Review

"On January 27, 2017, the President directed the Department of Defense to conduct a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) to ensure a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent that protects the homeland, assures allies and above all, deters adversaries. This review comes at a critical moment in our nation’s history, for America confronts an international security situation that is more complex and demanding than any since the end of the Cold War. In this environment, it is not possible to delay modernization of our nuclear forces if we are to preserve a credible nuclear deterrent—ensuring that our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace."

February

02

The Nuclear Posture Review and the US nuclear arsenal

"The entering into effect of the New START treaty coincided with the completion of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), after a year of preparation. The review is the first opportunity for the Trump administration to make its mark on US nuclear policy and includes several important changes from the Obama administration’s NPR of 2010."

April

24

El Salvador bans mining for metal ore

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"El Salvador made history last month when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright. In what’s become a decade-long annual rite of spring, activists descend on Barrick Gold’s annual general meeting in Toronto April 25 to shine a light on the Canadian mining giant’s litany of abuses abroad. But this year the odds are slowly turning in the fight against the multi-pronged corporate assault of transnational mining companies."

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