Documentary Screening: 'Countdown to Zero'

Join us for a pre-event reception, film screening of the documentary 'Countdown to Zero,' and post-screening discussion with a panel of experts. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Event Schedule

6:00 pm        pre-event reception
7:00 pm        documentary screening of "Countdown to Zero"
8:30 pm        post-screening discussion with panel experts: list of experts coming soon

About the Documentary

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.

Learn more about the film by clicking here.

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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