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Free doc at Ole Miss tonight

April 20, 2010

“Countdown to Zero,” the documentary that premiered at Sundance, will play for free tonight at the University of Mississippi campus at 6:30 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium.

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.

The documentary is produced by Lawrence Bender. Bender previously produced the Oscar winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” about climate change, and has produced “Good Will Hunting” and many films by Quentin Tarantino.

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