DIRECTORFrye, Robert E.
TITLEIn My Lifetime
DISTRIBUTORThe Video Project
RUNNING TIME109 minutes
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This award-winning film showcases the efforts of citizens, scientists, and political leaders to reduce or eliminate nuclear weapons from 1945 to 2010. Its mission is to facilitate a dialogue moving towards resolution of "this Gordian knot of nuclear weapons gripping the world" (Mission page). Documentary film clips and interviews with a broad spectrum of individuals – ranging from heads of state to atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha) – present a sweeping story from the birth of the bomb through the subsequent arms race and proliferation of nuclear weapons. The narrative threads through the development and use of the first atomic bombs, the U.S.-Soviet Cold War arms race, above-ground nuclear weapons tests, the Cuban missile crisis, the historic meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the threat of nuclear terrorism. Descriptions of the 2010 United Nations Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference show the difficulties of reducing nuclear arms. In the face of such challenges, the film underscores the urgency of finding a way beyond nuclear weapons, no matter how difficult the process.

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