nuclear requiem, the

programme information


1 x 90' or 1 x 60'

Production Company

Whistling Communications






Winner - Silver Medal in Documentary Category - The New York Festivals 2017 International Television & Film Awards.

Episode Information

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 the 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.” From Robert E. Frye, Emmy award-winning producer of network news programs and independent documentaries for over four decades. Frye was the Executive Producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in 1983.

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