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A Reflection on the Past Year

November 21, 2017

I would like to take a moment to reflect because it has been an interesting year for our project. Since the time Miranda Huba and I agreed to pursue making A Hand Through The Smoke the following has occurred; our first and most impactful informants were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the United Nations adopted a legally binding instrument banning nuclear weapons, the DPRK intensified it's nuclear weapons program, and the United States has committed itself to the modernization of it's nuclear arsenal going against their obligation to the Non Proliferation Treaty which they signed in 1968. Article six of the NPT states, “Each of the party to the treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control” Most importantly though and the most rewarding occurrence has been meeting of all the incredible people we have met along the way as well as the people who have so far been involved. Four amazing young women wee introduced to us through Dr Ira Helfand, co founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and he himself a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Helfand had asked me to come along and film a lecture he was giving to a group of students in Rhinebeck, New York. There I had the privilege to meet, Sarah Rodruigez, Liza Goldstone who is in our video on youtube entitled “ban treaty”, Lizzie Ayton who's speech from that day you can watch on our you tube channel, and Rebecca Lewitt who I hope will be looking the Pacific North West with us, we shall see. It has been a blessing knowing them. Jake Anderson can also be seen in some of our online content. As with most people we have met through this process he crossed our path most serendipitously. Jake is an intelligent and sharp young man and his presence and unique perspective is refreshing to have in the film. Another young man and a continuing surprise is Samuel Joseph who we met in Hiroshima and subsequently brought to Toronto to meet with Setsuko Thurlow. Both of these gentlemen will have interesting roles in the coming months. These folks are just the tip of the iceberg. We are weaving an intricate tapestry with stories from areas of our world which have been and continue to struggle with the affects of this industry. Please contact us if you would like past copies of our newsletter.

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