Join our Nuclear War and Weapons Film Week later this month! This series is designed and supported by Dr. John Reuwer in partnership with the Peace & Justice Center’s programming team. Each film is being hosted by a different partnering group. All are free, open to the public, and will include a facilitated Q&A led by Dr. John Reuwer, of Physicians for Social Responsibility, following the film. More information about Dr. John Reuwer at the end of this post.
Twenty seven years removed from the end of the Cold War, over 14000 working nuclear warheads still remain around the world today, in the possession of nine nations. The US and Russia still account for over 90% of this total, with those remaining being split between the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and perhaps most infamously, North Korea. Even as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for their tireless work, conflict continues to become increasingly more possible between two nuclear states, Kim Jong-Un’s North Korea and the US under the Trump administration, and the issue of nuclear war is as relevant as ever.

Tuesday, Feb 20, 6-8pm, Threads at UVM in the Williams Family Room on the 4th Floor of the Davis Center in Burlington. Threads (1984), a TV movie produced in the UK about how a small northern English town deals with nuclear fallout between the United States and the USSR. A realistic view of nuclear winter and long term consequences. Click here for a clip. This screening is hosted by UVM’s Amnesty International Club with promotional support from UVM’s ISO Club.

Wednesday, Feb 21, 6-8pm, Good Thinking at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake St., Burlington. Good Thinking (2016), a documentary meant to educate viewers on the history and dangers of nuclear weapons and waste. Anthony Donovan documents decades of antinuclear efforts. A 90 minute section of this film will be screened. Click here for the full film. This screening is hosted by the Burlington Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Thursday, Feb 22, 7-9pm, Countdown to Zero at Saint Michael’s College, Cheray Science Hall Room 101, Colchester. Countdown to Zero (2010) is a documentary about how the risk of nuclear weapon (or fissile materials) usage has continued to increased over time, due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and accounting of fissile material and how the world can ultimately bring its number down to zero. Click here for trailer. This screening is hosted by the Peace and Justice Club at Saint Michael’s College.

Friday, Feb 23, 6-8pm, Amazing Grace and Chuck at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake St., Burlington. Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) is a story about a young American boy, Chuck, who protests nuclear weapons by giving up his favorite pastime (baseball). The story gets picked up by a local newspaper, and a professional basketball player “Amazing Grace” Smith joins him in his protest. Click here for trailer.

Saturday, Feb 24, 6-8pm, Countdown to Zero at Champlain College, Center for Communication & Creative Media Building, Room 221, Burlington. Countdown to Zero (2010) is a documentary about how the risk of nuclear weapon (or fissile materials) usage has continued to increased over time, due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and accounting of fissile material and how the world can ultimately bring its number down to zero. Click here for trailer. This screening is hosted by PAUSE and Champlain Film Society at Champlain College with promotional support from Rights and Democracy (RAD).

Sunday, Feb 25, 2-4pm, The Man Who Saved the World at Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. The Man Who Saved the World (2012) is a one hour documentary about a Russian sub commander who refused to use nuclear torpedoes against the US Navy when protocol called for it. Click here for trailer and more. This screening is being hosted by the Burlington Friends Meeting and the Burlington Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

More about Dr. John Reuwer: He began studying and speaking about the medical effects of nuclear weapons since 1980, when Ronald Reagan was talking about winning a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Physicians and scientists had a major impact convincing Reagan and the American public to support nuclear disarmament. Weapons levels decreased dramatically over the next 30 years, before a recent resurgence, and plans for a new nuclear arms race at a fantastic cost. He currently serves on the Security Committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and teaches conflict resolution at St. Michael College.