If You Love This Planet

If You Love This Planet


                                    If You Love This Planet
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This Oscar®-winning short film is comprised of a lecture given to students by outspoken nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA. Her message is clear: disarmament cannot be postponed. Archival footage of the bombing of Hiroshima and images of its survivors seven months after the attack heighten the urgency of her message.

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Manifesto Point #7: The social and political goals – and the process itself — are paramount. Ask yourself every day: why are you doing this project? If You Love this Planet could be considered a precursor to An Inconvenient Truth. It’s based on a lecture given by physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott. The film, directed by Terre Nash, went on to win the Oscar for short documentary after being officially designated as "foreign political propaganda" by the U.S. Department of Justice. The film was made at the NFB’s Studio D, the first permanent, state-funded women's film unit in the world, created in 1974. Undoubtedly, the directors and producers were very clear about the question: Why are we making this film?

Katerina Cizek
De la sélection : Manifesto for Interventionist Media - because Art is a Hammer

“It’s appropriate to be passionate” about ridding the world of nuclear weapons. That’s what world-renowned nuclear disarmament activist Helen Caldicott says in this film. It’s interesting that U.S. President Ronald Reagan said the same thing. But Helen means it.

Douglas Roche
De la sélection : The Strength of Peace

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Générique
  • réalisateur
    Terre Nash
  • montage
    Terre Nash
  • producteur
    Edward Le Lorrain
  • producteur exécutif
    Kathleen Shannon
  • caméra
    André-Luc Dupont
    Susan Trow
    Don Virgo
  • son
    Jacques Drouin
  • montage sonore
    Jackie Newell
  • ré-enregistrement
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • musique
    Karl Duplessis

  • frothquaffer

    This film is more relevant now as we enter Cold War II with Putin ramping up production of nukes, increased proliferation and the apparent meltdown of the US deterent: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/are-we-on-the-verge-of-a-nuclear-breakdown-20150618

    frothquaffer, 22 Jui 2015
  • johnno

    war war war it alllll end'S with a NUCLEAR WAR

    johnno, 26 Jui 2012
  • Harrison

    Sixam's claim that this film is "anti-American propaganda" holds more water than the Titanic. The former Soviet Union at the time this film was released would not have allowed access to the kind of information we have about America's strategic strength. Sixam needs to remember two important points before advancing his judgement regarding Dr. Caldicott's motives: One - The United States of America is the only nation on Earth to have used nuclear weapons (and in their defense, the only alternative available to the US and it's allies to end WWII in Japan would have required invasion, which would have been disastrous and claimed a greater loss of life. Two - Remember when President Reagan was preparing before making a radio broadcast speech early in his first term when he uncorked something like this: "...I have decided to outlaw Russia forever...we begin bombing in five minutes." That little error of open mike stupidity didn't exactly engender much confidence in his leadership, insofar as his ability and judgement to supersede "positive control" was concerned. As far as President Carter is concerned, Jimmy attended Annapolis and went on to serve aboard nuclear powered submarines. He knew what was at stake and what was possible (remember Three Mile Island...he went there during the crisis).

    Harrison, 18 Avr 2012
  • sixam

    This is a blatant piece of anti-American propaganda. Whose side is she on anyway? If Carter was re-elected in 1980, would the NFB have made this film? By the way Senator Roche, President Reagan actually signed a few arms reduction treaties.

    sixam, 13 Jul 2011
  • Laje

    I was very moved by this. Dr. Caldicott speaking so many years ago on a subject she still speaks on today just as passionately. Almost 30 years later, and yes the cold war is over, but how far have governments really come in controlling the inherent dangers of nuclear power? It's as though we've all gotten more careless.

    Laje, 25 Jui 2011