February 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Armory Center for the Arts
When Donald Trump reportedly asked during the presidential campaign, “If we have them [nuclear weapons], why can’t we use them,” he evoked disbelief and alarm among political opponents, national security professionals, other nations and the public at large. Then later, when questioned about whether his intention to expand America’s nuclear program would generate a new arms race with Russia, he replied, “Let it be an arms race,” prompting another wave of concern.
Meanwhile, other pertinent questions never fully found their way into the national conversation, such as, “Does the doctrine of mutually assured destruction still offer a meaningful deterrent?” “Why is there no mechanism to rescind an aberrant presidential order of a nuclear strike?” And, “What would ‘winning’ a nuclear war look like?”
So now, as global anxiety mounts over a resumption of the nuclear arms race and even the potential use of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction, producer-director Robert E. Frye’s illuminating 2016 documentary The Nuclear Requiem provides a timely, comprehensive history and up-to-date account of nuclear weapons in our world today and their geopolitical implications. Frye, a former ABC News executive producer, gathered a diverse array of over three dozen top international security experts, diplomats, academics and disarmament activists for this presentation of The Nuclear World Project. The witnesses’ cogent observations and insights are beautifully accented by the contemplative, eponymously-titled score of composer/pianist Alain Kremski.
Please join us for Conscientious Projector’s screening of The Nuclear Requiem this coming Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Sustainable World and Conscientious Projector cofounder Marty Coleman facilitates a community discussion following the film and will share her story as one of Southern California’s foremost leaders of the disarmament movement during her tenure as Outreach Director of the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race (originated at All Saints Church in the ‘80’s).
The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information contact Marty at 818.517.8878 or visit www.thenuclearworld.org.