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In My Lifetime
Date Wednesday August 01
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]

Film evenings begin with potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.

by Robert Frye

Here is a wakeup call for humanity: a call to develop an understanding of the realities of the nuclear weapon; to explore ways of presenting the answers for “a way beyond;” and to facilitate a dialogue moving towards resolution of this Gordian knot of nuclear weapons gripping the world. The documentary’s characters are its narrative voices, interwoven with highly visual sequences of archival and contemporary footage and animation. The story is a morality play, telling the struggle waged over the past six and half decades with the last act yet to be determined, of trying to find what is “the way beyond.” The film takes on the complex realities of the nuclear world and searches internationally for an answer to the question: Is there a Way Beyond? The documentary is part wake up call, part challenge for people to engage with the issue of ridding the world of the most destructive weapon ever invented.

There has been a re-emergence of the realization that a world with nuclear weapons, including a proliferation of fissile nuclear materials, is a very dangerous place. Of course this realization has been known since the creation of the atomic bomb. It continues to be a struggle which has not been resolved. This is a very complex issue with many voices, speaking from many perspectives, representing the forces and entrenched institutions in the nuclear states, not to speak of the rest of the world’s nations, some of them with nuclear power capable of producing their own fissile materials, and now there is the danger of so called “non-state actors,” who want to get their hands on the nuclear fissile materials necessary to create nuclear weapons. Today the materials and technology to make nuclear weapons are more readily available than any government who possesses them would like us to believe. Since Fukushima, there is a new emergence of the debate as to what has to change and what steps need to be taken to move away from nuclear weapons. Over the past year there definitely has been movement towards dealing with the reality, as this film project reports.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are accepted
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