Like many people, I had a sense that nuclear weapons were more dangerous than discussed, but it wasn't until the recent United Nations negotiations regarding a ban on nuclear weapons which led me to investigate just how complicated this issue is, and how at-risk millions of people are from waste, from mining, from possible detonation by a rogue group, and from sheer misfortune born of neglect. Once I realized the story of the film needed to sit upon the education of a younger generation, I decided to approach Miranda Huba, a playwright I highly admire, to help create a story line; Miranda has brought a potent and fresh approach to the heart of the film.
The film project has evolved into a platform where young adults are given the opportunity to discuss these issues with those who have been involved with the disarmament cause for years. The approach to include teens in the discussion was mainly inspired by the work of William Perry and the ICAN organization, both of whom have concerned themselves with education on the topic of disarmament. Perry's and ICAN's work are critical resources for those wanting to research more on these matters.
“I think one of the exciting things about the ban treaty that just happened was a change in narrative about nuclear weapons. When you talk about the cold war and how nuclear have been taught about in the past its been about security but the new narrative is about humanitarian impacts and the real life effects it has on people.”
– Lucy Stewart, The Peace Foundation, New Zealand