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The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

On the 7th of July 2017, 122 countries voted in favour of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Countries that don’t have nuclear weapons but live under their threat voted for a ban. Without the knowledge of most of their citizens, the governments of the world’s nuclear powers didn’t vote, and yet the ban went ahead. Something new is happening.

This documentary film about efforts to bring a nuclear weapon ban treaty into international law and the role of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, is told through the voices of leading activists from several different organizations and countries and the president of the negotiating conference.

This 56 minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of the bomb and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention. It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security narrative and the historic steps taken since 2010 to turn the treaty from a dream into a reality. Finally, the film shows what can be done by anyone to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatise nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated.

  • Álvaro Orús
  • Álvaro Orús
  • Tony Robinson
  • Tony Robinson
  • David Bazo
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    55 minutes 40 seconds
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    June 6, 2019
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    10,000 USD
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    Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United States
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    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Álvaro Orús

Álvaro Orús Andreu (b. Huesca (Spain), 1962) began producing documentaries in 2002, having previously worked in the world of graphic arts.

He has participated as a director, researcher, scriptwriter, cameraman and editor in several collectively authored documentaries, most of which are now used as educational materials.

“Beacons of Humanity” is an unconventional series of history documentaries that attempt to explain how the advance of knowledge has been interwoven over the centuries, jumping from one “humanist moment” to another, moments that stand out for their lack of violence, synthesis of cultures and their creative development of knowledge.

2003: Toledo and Alexandria, Beacons of Humanity
2005: The appearance of knowledge in the court of Rodolfo II
2007: Frederick II, a bridge between East and West
2009: Byzantium, the common root

He currently combines his professional work as a documentary director with voluntary work aimed at spreading awareness of humanist actions and values.

2010: The World March for Peace and Nonviolence

These three documentaries have a common approach to the most difficult issues of our existence from a perspective of hope, founded on the strength of the testimonies of those interviewed.

2014: Travel companions
2015: Getting back on the flight
2016: Beyond revenge

In his most recent work, Orús has tackled social issues with a view to providing feasible alternatives to situations of physical and economic violence that affect us globally:

2018: UBI, our right to live
2019: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

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