The documentary film “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” directed by Álvaro Orús from Spain and produced by Tony Robinson from the UK for Pressenza has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition. The award was given in the short documentary category for their film which tells the story of how countries without nuclear weapons, international organisations like ICAN and the Red Cross, civil society and academia – in the words of Ray Acheson from the Women’s International league for Peace and Freedom – “stood up to some of the most powerful, most heavily militarized countries on this planet and did something that they were forbidding us to do” – namely an international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, in the same way that biological and chemical weapons are.
Director, Álvaro Orús, said: “We are very grateful for this kind of recognition and we hope it will help us reach more people. In our documentary we’ve tried to warn about the danger of nuclear weapons and the possibility of abolishing them once and for all. It’s a vital issue for everyone and we want to bring it into the public debate.”
Tony Robinson, a Pressenza editor who has been working as an activist on this subject for more than a decade said, “This story is really inspiring because the story of the Nuclear Ban Treaty is really the story of how we can all stand up to bullies if we join forces and work together for the common good and leave aside selfish interests.”
The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.accoladecompetition.org.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
The film is being made available to any activist who wants to organise screenings and has narration and/or subtitles in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Russian and Japanese.