'Countdown to Zero'

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Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. Magnolia Pictures is releasing the film in North America; HISTORY™ has North American broadcast rights. The film was produced by Academy Award® winner and 2009 nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, An Inconvenient Truth) and developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, together with World Security Institute.

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There are more than 23,000 nuclear weapons around the globe — enough to destroy the world hundreds of times over. The existence of each of these weapons is a threat to domestic and international security. If even one of these weapons were to be launched, through accident or miscalculation, the consequences would be catastrophic. Get involved and take these important steps to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

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