During the cold war, public consciousness fixated on the atomic bomb. Then the cold war ended, and we retreated into denial. In fact, the danger of nuclear annihilation never disappeared; it only swelled. Countdown to Zero sweeps us into a scorching, hypnotic journey around the world to reveal the palpable possibility of nuclear disaster and frame an issue on which human survival itself hangs.
Scientists, world leaders, and security experts—including Valerie Plame herself—expose the absurdities and alarming realities of the situation. The 1990s heralded a second nuclear age. Many countries and terrorist groups are now actively acquiring fissile materials and construction blueprints. The possibility of an accident or miscalculation looms even larger. As the film projects a startling vision, interviews with Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, and Pervez Musharraf yield a unified message: our only option is to eradicate every last nuclear missile. Luckily for us, getting to zero is possible: step by step. Let’s jump-start the change. —Sundance Film Festival
Lucy Walker (born in London, United Kingdom) is a British film director, mostly of theatrical feature documentaries. On January 25th, 2011 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Waste Land, which she directed. The film has won over thirty awards including Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin and the IDA’s Best Documentary and Pare Lorentz Awards.
On January 24th, 2012 she received a second consecutive Academy Award nomination, this time in the Best Documentary Short category for The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, which she directed and produced; the film was also awarded the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
In June 2012 she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). She is also a member of the British Academy (BAFTA), the Writers’ Guild (WGA) and the Directors’ Guild (DGA).
Lucy Walker was born in London, United Kingdom, started… read more
Never realised it would be so easy to smuggle uranium into another country and was surprised that the US detectors at ports would not pick the uranium up as it emits a low amount of radiation. Glad Yeltsin was sober on that day in 1995! Could have done without the lecture from Tony Blair though.
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