I was recently sent a screening copy of a compelling new documentary, “Countdown To Zero” about nuclear proliferation. Featuring interviews with a who’s who of world leaders and nuclear experts, the movie traces the history of the atomic bomb through the current nuclear threat.
Nine nations now have nuclear weapons and the movie argues that number could continue to grow to over 40 countries as the construction knowledge spreads (and that’s not even including the non-state actors, including terror groups). The documentary, directed by Lucy Walker, effectively shows the great concern among those experts in the political, diplomatic and scientific fields, though it expresses concern that the public does not fully understand the gravity of the situation. The movie is meant as a ‘wake up call’ about the threat of an act of nuclear terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident.
Ultimately, the movie calls for nuclear disarmament and asks viewers to go to the website of an organization called Global Zero to sign a petition. I wish they had also included steps that citizens can do to protect themselves in case the efforts to stop a nuclear explosion does not completely work.
Nevertheless, it is definitely worth seeing “Countdown to Zero” if it comes to your town or when it comes out in DVD. To check its national opening schedule, check the Global Zero website here.