The nuclear shadow casts such a thick pall it often seems impenetrable—layer upon layer of denial, cover-up, and disinformation. But filmmakers have a way of cutting through the fog. Two recent documentaries—The Safe Side of the Fence, coming to KC MO Sept. 16, and Atomic Homefront—have lain bare both past and future consequences of the nuclear age.
Did you feel that tremor a few weeks ago? It didn’t get nearly the press it deserved; sweeping social movements seldom do—at first. But on July 7, when the United Nations adopted the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the pendulum of global public opinion registered a major shift toward the eventual tipping point of a nuclear-weapons-free world.
If you are of the progressive persuasion, these are disheartening times. Could our nation really go back to the worst days of Cold War mentality, environmental pollution, racial discrimination, blind nationalism, and patriarchy? … I’ve been struggling to retain a hopeful stance. … Seek the truth. Join with others. Witness for justice and peace. Persist. And above all, don’t lose heart!
The new documentary film National Bird features three drone war resisters, including Lisa Ling, who served in the military 20 years. She spoke at a PeaceWorks event March 12. “I lost part of my humanity in the drone program,” Ling said.