About the Film
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.
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.
- New START was ratified by the U.S. Senate with a margin of 71-26. Learn more about what this means for our security.
- Call on President Obama to lead the way to zero.
- Join the call for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
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Two Futures Project
American Friends Service Committee
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British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Campus Progress (Center for American Progress)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Center for New American Security
Coalition for Peace Action
Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Connect U.S. Fund
Council for a Livable World
Council on Foreign Relations
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Security Institute
Government Accountability Project
Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
Justice Through Music
MoveOn Civic Action
National Security Network
North Suburban Peace Initiative
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico
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Physicians for International Prevention of Nuclear War
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