Now more than 70 years after the first and only nuclear bombs were used in war, North Korea’s nuclear tests and the potential for a new global arms race provide stark reminders of the enormous thread posed by the most lethal weapon ever invented. Produced and directed by former ABC News executive producer Robert Frye. The Nuclear Requiem presents an updated, in-depth reflection on the continuing danger nuclear weapons pose, an honest assessment of the current obstacles to disarmament, and a frank, yet hopeful, discussion of what it will take to overcome the roadblocks to a safer world. Featured are more than three dozen top security experts and citizen activists in countries from around the world. An original piano composition by Alain Kremski provides a meditative 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 major areas of concern, not just North Korea, but also a new cold war with Russia, with both countires spending billions of dollars on new weapons. Inside a UN session on nuclear nonproliferation, we witness first hand the complex political and strategic concerns that make steps towards disarment a major challenge. The Nuclear Requiem reviews some of the recent more hopeful developments, including the Iranian nuclear agreement and greatly improved verification capabilites, as well as voices from a new generation of younger experts and activists who are working globaly 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. In his speech he suggests we must “look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.” Hiroshima should be a memory that “allows us to fight complacency” and “fuels our moral imagination”. AMONG THOSE FEATURED IN THE FILM – DARYL KIMBALL, Executive Director, Arms Control Association – AVNER COHEN, Senior Fellow, Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute for International Studies – ROSE GOTTEMOELLER, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, US Dept of State – THOMAS COUNTRYMAN, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non Proliferation – GRIGORY BERDENNIKOV, Russian Ambassador, Nuclear Arms – JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, former UN Undersecretary for Disarmament – ANNA VASSILIEVA, Professor of Russian Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies – TATSU SUZUKI, Director of Research Center, Nagasaki University – THOMAS MARKRAM, Deputy Director of Office of Disarmament Affairs, United Nations – LASSINA ZERBO, Executive Secretary, The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty – LAURA ROCKWOOD, Director, the Vienna Center for Non-Proliferation – JACKIE CABASSO, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation – WILLIAM POTTER,Founder and Director, Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey
Producer: Robert Frye
90 mins | Closed Captions | 2016