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The Threat of Nuclear Weapons - Call to Action


This self-produced, educational video, contains a brief summary of the history of nuclear weapons. Never has this video been more relevant than now as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on; a needless war that toys with the potential of a nuclear war. Discover why we all need to work to eliminate these weapons in this call-to-action video.

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Nuclear Prayer Day Prayers


In commemoration of the 77th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6th and 9th, 1945), the first annual Nuclear Prayer Day was born, inviting people all over the world to bring the power of prayer to our efforts to rid our planet of the nuclear threat. Over 100,000 people around the world participated. Here are some nuclear prayer submissions we received. 

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Nuclear Prayer Day Pre Interviews & Events

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Prior to the 1st annual Nuclear Prayer Day (August 6, 2022), these interviews and events were filmed. They address the urgency, timeliness, and hope fueling this global event. These conversations explore global issues and address why a world free of nuclear weapons is not only possible but necessary.

Watch the playlist on YouTube.

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Hiroshima: Voices|Lee Jong Keun - August 6, 1945

Every person who treasures peace should watch this film and hear the voice of Lee Jong Keun a 93-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing in 1945. 

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The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

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On the 7th of July 2017, 122 countries voted in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Countries that don’t have nuclear weapons but live under their threat voted for a ban. Without the knowledge of most of their citizens, the governments of the world’s nuclear powers didn’t vote, and yet the ban went ahead. This documentary is told through the voices of leading activists from several different organizations and countries about the efforts made to abolish nuclear weapons. This 56 minute film takes the viewer through a brief history of the bomb and the anti-nuclear activism, and the humanitarian initiatives taken. The film shows what can be done to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatize nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated. 

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The Bomb: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow


This compelling video offers a sobering look back to 1945 with archival photos and video clips and through the voices of survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings and Mayors Kazumi Matsui and Tomihisa Taue. In addition, a rare moment in history with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former US Secretary of State George Shultz (99) as they share their reflections from one of the most significant political meetings on nuclear weapons... the Summit at Reykjavik, Iceland. A Voices Youth Award will be giving in their names. The Hiroshima Nagasaki Accord is introduced, a joint statement issued by the four organizations outlining nine kinds of actions we can take, and reminding us of the power of love and hope as we work for a safer world free of nuclear weapons

Click HERE to watch the Documentary (100 min.)

Click HERE for the shorter excerpt (30 min).


A World Free of Nuclear Weapons - Music Video 

Global citizens, and interfaith leaders from around the world come together as one family in unity to support a world free of nuclear weapons. Written by Pato Banton and Bishop William E. Swing.

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Captain No Nukes

Meet Captain No-Nukes. He's working to rid the world of nuclear weapons and he needs your help! Check out this 3 minute animation for kids 8 and up to see what Captain No Nukes is doing to save the world and what you can do too!

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What If There Was A Nuclear War Between the US and Russia?

It's not unrealistic to imagine a scenario where Russia and the United States went head to head, flexing their nuclear power, but how likely is that scenario to happen in the future? In today's educational animated video we are looking at the potential for an all out war between Russia and the USA. Let's take a look at cold war 2.0 between USA vs Russia!

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The Day the World Almost Ended

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People make mistakes, but accidentally launching a nuclear strike that would have destroyed the Earth would have been the biggest and last mistake anyone would have ever made. The US was in the midst of the Cold War with Russia, and a computer system for detecting Russian missiles was relied on to protect America, but one problem, it wasn't human proof. In today's insane video we're looking at the time when a critical human error almost obliterated the entire world.

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The Evolution of Weapons in the World

This 1 minute 16 second video was made for kids of all ages. It is an animation that visually outlines the use of weapons throughout human history and suggests that our problems can be solved non-violently.

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What if We Detonated all Nuclear Bombs at Once?

What happens if we make a huge pile from all 15,000 nuclear bombs and pull the trigger? And what happens if we make an even bigger pile?

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The Atomic Café

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Is a 1982 American documentary film produced and directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty and Pierce Rafferty. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The film covers the beginnings of the era of nuclear warfare, created from a broad range of archival material from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s including newsreel clips, television news footage, U.S. government-produced films (including military training films), advertisements, television and radio programs. 

Though the topic of atomic holocaust is a grave matter, The Atomic Café approaches it with black humor. Much of the humor derives from the modern audience's reaction to the old training films, such as the Duck and Cover film shown in schools. A quote to illustrate what can be perceived as black humor, culled from the movie: "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man," a U.S. Army training film declares.

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The Atom Strikes

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Is a document commissioned by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictorial Division shortly after the end of the Second World War. It documents the findings of a commission sent to Japan to assess the damage caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Opening with the blast of the experimental bombing in Los Alamos, New Mexico in July 1945, the film turns to the Enola Gay and its mission over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The narrator informs the audience about the military significance of the city and that it had not experienced bombing as yet, but it had been warned. The results of the bombing are then explained, with footage and descriptions of how various buildings were affected by the blast at different distances from ground zero. Afterwards, an interview with Father John A. Siemes, a Jesuit priest who was living at the Novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuka, is shown to give the audience a firsthand account of the bombing. Near the end of the interview, the priest is seen reading from a prepared statement.

Nagasaki is then mentioned, with the narrator pointing out how much armament and other military supplies were being produced there, as well as the fact that even civilian homes were used for war work. Nevertheless, the effect of the atomic blast on local schools and churches is also shown.

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The Bomb

This American documentary (2015) is about the history of nuclear weapons; from their theoretical scientific considerations in the beginning, to their first use in1945, to their global political implications in the present day. This 2-hour PBS film was written and directed by Rushmore DeNooyer, who noted the project took a year and a half to complete, since much of the film footage and images was only recently declassified by the United States Department of Defense. Mark Dawidziak, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, summarized the film as follows: "The Bomb moves swiftly to cover Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Cold War, the arms race, the Red Scare, the witch hunt, the Cuban Missile Crisis, test-ban treaties, the "Star Wars" initiative, the anti-nuke movement, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of new nuclear threats." According to historian Richard Rhodes, “The invention [of 'The Bomb'] was a millennial change in human history: for the first time, we were now capable of our own destruction as a species.”

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Children of Hiroshima

Entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, this film also released as "Atom-Bombed Children in Hiroshima", is a 1952 Japanese feature film directed by Kaneto Shindo, a docudrama made with extreme emotions, having "the capacity to wound".

One may reasonably admit that fiction and documentary exist in equal parts in this film and that is why it may be considered a docufiction as well, an evidence that underlies the inseparable ethical and aesthetic motivations that gave rise to this film.

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The Day After Trinity 

(a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1980 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else. The film tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967), the theoretical physicist who led the effort to build the first atomic bomb. Featuring candid interviews with several Manhattan Project scientists, as well as newly declassified archival footage, The Day After Trinity was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1980, and received a Peabody Award in 1981.

The film's title comes from an interview seen near the conclusion of the documentary. Robert Oppenheimer was asked for his thoughts on Sen. Robert Kennedy's efforts to urge President Lyndon Johnson to initiate talks to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. "It's 20 years too late," Oppenheimer replies. After a pause, he states, "It should have been done the day after Trinity."

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American animated short film (2012) directed by Steve Nguyen and Choz Belen. The film centers around Kaz Suyeishi, a woman in her late 50's who begins to reminisce about her earlier years living in Hiroshima, Japan during the aftermath of the atomic bombing. Inspired by her story, the filmmakers reached out to Mrs. Suyeishi in order to produce her biopic using computer animation and hand-drawn techniques.

Hibakusha received the Special Achievement Award and Best Animated Short in 2013 at the International Uranium Film Festival held in Rio de Janeiro.

Trailer of film available on YouTube.

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I Am Cuba 

This 1964 film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov at Mosfilm is an international co-production between the Soviet Union and Cuba, it was not received well by either the Russian or Cuban public and was almost completely forgotten until it was re-discovered by filmmakers in the United States 30 years later. The acrobatic tracking shots and idiosyncratic mise en scène prompted Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese to begin a campaign to restore the film in the early 1990s.

The film is shot in black and white, sometimes using infrared film obtained from the Soviet military to exaggerate contrast (making trees and sugar cane almost white, and skies very dark but still obviously sunny). Most shots are in extreme wide-angle and the camera passes very close to its subjects, whilst still largely avoiding having those subjects ever look directly at the camera.

Short trailers of the film are available on YouTube.


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This 2011 documentary film discusses Iranian foreign policy and Iran – United States relations, including the Iran hostage crisis and the 1979 Iranian Revolution and takeover by Ayatollah Khomeini. The film has been criticized for misrepresenting and falsifying information in order to create a sense of urgency in the viewing public.

On February 8, 2011, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, denounced the film during a press conference in Tehran, calling it " attempt by Western countries to harm the progress of Iran's nuclear program." A January 18, 2011 screening of the film was then canceled by the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC), after the agency received further protests from the Iranian government, phone calls, and letters. The Iranian embassy had previously submitted a letter to the LAC, conveying their wish that the documentary not be shown due to concerns regarding the depiction of Iran's nuclear program and its perceived aims. The next day, Heritage Minister James Moore ordered that the film be shown and the screening was reinstated, scheduled to take place in February. According to Minister Moore, "The Iranian Embassy will not dictate to the Government of Canada which films will or will not be shown in Canada."

The film was subsequently shown in Ottawa on February 6 at the Library and Archives Canada, the same venue that canceled a showing of the film earlier after complaints by the Iranian Embassy. Following the affair at the LAC, film reviewer Jay Stone of the Vancouver Sun wrote: "It would be tempting to dismiss as a right-wing fantasy if only someone hadn't gone to such steps to keep it from being shown."

Documentary is available on YouTube.

The Man Who Saved the World

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This 2014 feature-length Danish documentary by Peter Anthony is about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces and his role in preventing the1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust.

Premiering October 2014 at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, NY, this film won; "Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature" and "Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature." On February 22, 2018 the film premiered in Russia at the Documentary Film Center in Moscow.

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The Moment in Time

This film documents the uncertain days of the beginning of World War II when it was feared the Nazis were developing the atomic bomb. The history of the bomb's development is traced through recollections of those who worked on what was known as "the gadget".

The Manhattan Project was a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada, that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939, but grew to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US$2 billion (roughly equivalent to $25.8 billion as of 2012). Over 90% of the cost was for building factories and producing the fissionable materials, with less than 10% for development and production of the weapons.

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Radio Bikini 

This 1988 American documentary film directed by Robert Stone. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Documentary Feature. It was later aired on the PBS series The American Experience. 

The film documents the nuclear tests performed around Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads in 1946, and their effects on the indigenous population and American servicemen involved. 

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What If We Nuke A City?

This is a collaboration between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ‘Kurzgesagt-In a nutshell’, a Munich-based animation studio whose YouTube channel focuses on scientific, technological, political, and philosophical issues. 

“The fact that millions of people have watched this video in the very short time since its release shows that people care about this issue, and people should care about the menace nuclear weapons pose,” said Enrique Mestre, lead for the ICRC’s Nuclear Weapon Ban campaign. “Seventy-four years after the bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the risk that nuclear weapons will be used again is growing. We at the ICRC think this video, released on Oct. 13, will change minds about the importance of confronting the threat of nuclear weapons.” 

The video lays out the shocking facts about what would happen if a nuclear weapon were to explode in a modern city: millions of people would be affected and no one would be able to bring meaningful relief to victims and survivors. No one – no country, no medical team, no aid organization – is capable of responding adequately to a nuclear blast.

Watch the full animation on YouTube 

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White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

This HBO documentary film is directed and produced by Steven Okazaki. It was released on August 6, 2007, on HBO, marking the 62nd anniversary of the first atomic bombing. The film features interviews with fourteen Japanese survivors and four Americans involved in the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

In preparation for the film, Okazaki met with more than 500 Japanese survivors of the bombings and collected over 100 interviews before settling on the fourteen subjects featured in the film. 

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Amazing Grace and Chuck

This is a 1987 American sports drama film directed by Mike Newell and starring William Petersen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck. It was released on VHS in the UK as Silent Voice.

Chuck Murdock (Joshua Zuehlke), a 12-year-old boy from Montana and the son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip, which is intensified by a nightmare of a fork dropping after being told that the speed and effectiveness would be done "before a dropped fork hits the floor". Chuck protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the forfeit of a Little League game by his team. 

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Barefoot Gen

This is a 1983 Japanese anime war drama film loosely based on the Japanese manga series of the same name by Keiji Nakazawa. Directed by Mori Masaki and starring Issei Miyazaki, Masaki Kōda and Tatsuya Jo, it depicts World War II in Japan from a child's point of view revolving around the events surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and the main character's first hand experience of the bomb. 

Gen Nakaoka and his family live in Hiroshima during the final days of World War II. The family struggles through food shortages and constant air raid warnings. Gen's mother, Kimie, is pregnant and suffering from malnutrition, and his sister Eiko helps Kimie in her housework. Gen and his brother Shinji help their father, Daikichi, in the family's wheat field and try to find food for Kimie. Daikichi and Kimie realize the war is not going well, though they wonder why Hiroshima has been spared from the air raids which devastated other Japanese cities.

On August 6, 1945, Gen and a friend arrives at school just as a lone B-29 aircraft flies overhead. The Enola Gay releases a bomb which devastates the city. Gen's friend is killed in the blast while he is buried under rubble by the resulting shockwave. Gen finds Kimie in the ruined city and they try to rescue their family, who are buried alive under their collapsed house. However, they are unsuccessful and are forced to leave them when the house catches fire. Kimie gives birth to a baby girl, Tomoko.

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This is a 2019 historical drama television miniseries produced by HBO in association with Sky UK. Created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, the series revolves around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. It features an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson.

The series premiered in five parts in the United States on May 6, 2019, and concurrently in the United Kingdom on May 7, to critical acclaim. At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, it received nineteen nominations, and won for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing, while Harris, Skarsgård, and Watson received acting nominations. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the series won for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Skarsgård won for Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Short trailers of the series are available on YouTube.

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The China Syndrome

This is a 1979 American disaster thriller film directed by James Bridges and written by Bridges, Mike Gray, and T. S. Cook. It tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discovers safety cover ups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas, with Douglas also serving as the film's producer. The cast also features Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, and Wilford Brimley.

"China syndrome" is a fanciful term—not intended to be taken literally—that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, "all the way to China."

The China Syndrome premiered at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or while Lemmon received the Best Actor prize. The film was released theatrically on March 16, 1979, twelve days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, PA which gave the film's subject matter an unexpected prescience. Upon release the film was a critical and commercial success with critics praising the film's screenplay, direction and thriller elements and Fonda's and Lemmon's performances.

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Countdown to Looking Glass

This is a Canadian made-for-television movie that premiered in the United States on HBO on October 14, 1984 and was also broadcast on CTV in Canada. The movie presents a fictional confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf. The narrative of the film details the events that lead up to the initial exchange of nuclear weapons, which was triggered by a banking crisis, from the perspective of an ongoing news broadcast.

Unlike similar productions such as the previous year's Special Bulletin and the later Without Warning, the producers of this film decided not to make the entire production a simulated newscast, but instead break up the news portions with dramatic narrative scenes involving Shaver and Murphy. The appearance of real-life newscasters, as well as noted CBC Television host Patrick Watson (although he does not appear as himself in this film) lent additional authenticity to the production.

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Crimson Tide

This is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian Federation, in which ultranationalists threaten to launch nuclear missiles at the United States and Japan. It focuses on a clash of wills between the new executive officer (Denzel Washington) of a U.S. nuclear missile submarine and its seasoned commanding officer (Gene Hackman), arising from conflicting interpretations of an order to launch their missiles. Its story parallels a real incident during the Cuban Missile Crisis, albeit aboard a Soviet rather than U.S. submarine.

The film was scored by Hans Zimmer, who won a Grammy Award for the main theme, which makes heavy use of synthesizers in place of traditional orchestral instruments.

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By Dawn's Early Light 

In the late 1980s, a group of dissident officials in the Soviet Union has grown afraid of losing power as relations improve with the United States. Hoping to oust the Soviet President, they steal a nuclear missile and launch it at the Soviet city of Donetsk from a site in NATO member Turkey. The Soviet automated defense systems, believing a NATO attack is in progress, execute a measured launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at the United States.

As the stolen missile detonates over Donetsk and destroys the city, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) scrambles its forces. SAC Commander General Renning urges the President of the United States to authorize a full counterattack.

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The Day After

This American television film postulates a fictional war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact countries that rapidly escalates into a full-scale nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. The action itself focuses on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, and of several family farms near nuclear missile silos.

The cast includes JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, Jason Robards, and John Lithgow. The film was written by Edward Hume, produced by Robert Papazian, and directed by Nicholas Meyer. It was released on DVD on May 18, 2004, by MGM.

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire

This British science fiction disaster film stars Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro. It was directed by Val Guest and released in 1961, and is one of the classic apocalyptic films of its era. 

The film, which was partly made on location in London and Brighton, used matte painting to create images of abandoned cities and desolate landscapes. The production also featured the real Daily Express, even using the paper's own headquarters, the Daily Express Building in Fleet Street, London, and featuring Arthur Christiansen as the Express editor, a job he had held in real life.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Commonly known simply as Dr. Strangelove, this1964 black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens. Production took place in the United Kingdom. The film is loosely based on Peter George's thriller novel Red Alert (1958).

The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. It separately follows the crew of one B-52 bomber as they try to deliver their payload.

In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included Dr. Strangelove in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.

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The Face of Jizo

(父と暮せば, Chichi to Kuraseba) is a 2004 Japanese war drama film directed by Kazuo Kuroki and starring Rie Miyazawa, Yoshio Harada and Tadanobu Asano. It is based on the play of the same name by Hisashi Inoue. It was the 3rd and final film of Kazuo Kuroki's War Requiem trilogy, following Tomorrow (1988) and A Boy's Summer in 1945 (2002).

The story follows a young woman, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and her attempts to forge a relationship with a young man while mourning the death of her father in the atomic bombing.

Three years after the atomic bombing, young librarian Mitsue lives alone, plagued by guilt and sorrow over the death in the bombing of her father, who was her only living relative. One day, a young man, Masa, visits her library to study and find the morgue of the atomic bombing. Mitsue and the young man find themselves attracted to each other, but Mitsue fears that her grief for her father will not permit her to be happy. When she tries to break things off with Masa, she is visited by the ghost of her father, who encourages her to embrace life and pursue her budding romance with the young man. 

Excerpts of The Face of Jizo available on YouTube.

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Fat Man and Little Boy

This1989 film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret Allied endeavor to develop the first nuclear weapons during World War II. The film is named for "Little Boy" and "Fat Man,” bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. The film, which stars Paul Newman and was released as Shadow Makers in the UK, was directed by Roland Joffé and was written by Joffe and Bruce Robinson. 

In September 1942, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Leslie Groves (Paul Newman) who oversaw construction of the Pentagon is assigned to head the ultra-secret Manhattan Project, to beat the Germans, who have a similar nuclear weapons program.

Groves picks University of California, Berkeley, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz) to head the team of the project. Oppenheimer was familiar with northern New Mexico from his boyhood days when his family owned a cabin in the area. For the new research facility, he selects a remote location on top of a mesa adjacent to a valley called Los Alamos Canyon, northwest of Santa Fe.

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This 1995 Japanese-Canadian war drama film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki toward the end of World War II. The three-hour film was made for television (Showtime Network) and evidently had no theatrical release, but is available on DVD for home viewing.

A combination of dramatization, historical footage, and eyewitness interviews, the film alternates between documentary footage and dramatic recreations. Both the dramatizations and most of the original footage are presented as sepia-toned images, serving to blur the distinction between them. The languages are English and Japanese, with subtitles, and the actors are largely Canadian and Japanese.

Film available on YouTube.

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On the Beach

This 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, that stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins. This black-and-white film is based on Nevil Shute's 1957 novel of the same name depicting the aftermath of a nuclear war. Unlike in the novel, no one is assigned blame for starting the war; the film hints that global annihilation may have arisen from an accident or misjudgment. 

In early 1964 (five years in the future), in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the entirety of the Northern Hemisphere, killing all humans after polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout. Air currents are slowly carrying the fallout south; the only areas still habitable are in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere.

Australian survivors detect an incomprehensible Morse code signal coming from the presumed dead West Coast of the United States. The American nuclear submarine, USS Sawfish, now under Royal Australian Navy command, is ordered to sail north and make contact with the sender of the Morse signal. The submarine is commanded by Capt Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck), who leaves behind a new friend, the alcoholic Moira Davidson (Ava Gardner).

The Australian government arranges for its citizens to receive suicide pills or prepared injections so they may end their lives quickly before there is prolonged suffering from radiation sickness. An Australian naval officer, Peter Holmes (Anthony Perkins), and his wife, Mary, who is in denial about the impending disaster, have a baby daughter. Assigned to travel with the American sub for several weeks, Peter tries to explain to Mary how to euthanize their baby and then herself, should he not have returned when the end comes; Mary reacts very emotionally to this prospect.

Watch the full film on YouTube.

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Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American

This science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. The screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling was loosely based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Jerry Goldsmith composed the groundbreaking avant-garde score. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox.

The film tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-lands on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins.

Astronauts Taylor, Landon and Dodge are in deep hibernation when their spaceship crashes on an unknown planet after a light speed voyage. They discover their fourth crew mate, Stewart, dead due to a malfunction. The three abandon ship when it starts sinking, Taylor remaining on long enough to see the date is November 25, 3978, approximately two millennia after their departure in 1972.

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This 1983 American Cold War science fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy. The film follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses War Operation Plan Response (WOPR), a United States military supercomputer originally programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war. Lightman gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, believing it to be a computer game. The computer, now tied into the nuclear weapons control system and unable to tell the difference between simulation and reality, attempts to start World War III. 

During a surprise drill of a nuclear attack, many United States Air Force Strategic Missile Wing controllers prove unwilling to turn the key required to launch a missile strike. Such refusals convince John McKittrick and other systems engineers at NORAD that missile launch control centers must be automated, without human intervention. Control is given to a NORAD supercomputer, WOPR, programmed to continuously run war simulations and learn over time. 

Watch the full film on YouTube.

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