World Premiere: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons, June 6, New York

June 6, 2019

Press release:

The World Premiere of the documentary film The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons will take place on the 6th of June at 7pm at the Village East Cinema, 181 2nd Avenue, New York, hosted by Pressenza International Press Agency.  Tickets cost $10 each ($1 for students) and can be bought online here.  View the trailer here.

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons tells the story of how the United Nations came to approve a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, despite the fact that the majority of the world’s population neither know about the treaty nor understand the threat that nuclear weapons pose to the world today.

This 59 minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of nuclear bombs and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention, including moving testimony from Hiroshima bomb survivor, Setsuko Thurlow.  It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security discourse and the historic steps taken since 2010 to turn the treaty from a dream into a reality.  The key roles of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, who won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, and the International Committee of the Red Cross are highlighted.  The story is told through interviews with 14 experts in their fields.

Finally, the film shows what can be done by anyone to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatise nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated.

Directed by Spanish filmmaker, Álvaro Orús, [“Beyond Revenge” and “Universal Basic Income: Our right to live”] and produced by British Pressenza co-director, Tony Robinson, the film will kick off the Symposium “Perspectives from Utopia: Wealth, Women and Weapons”.

Tim Wright, ICAN Treaty Coordinator, and one of the 14 people interviewed in the film said, “This is a great resource to educate the public about the ban treaty, and hopefully to inspire them to take action.”

Ward Wilson, historian and author of Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons and another of the film’s interviewees said, “Absolutely great. Clear, factual, undeniable, and incredibly powerful.”

The film’s director and producer will also be attending to take part in the question and answer session immediately following the film.