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Aug 20 – Aug 26, 2010

Countdown to Zero

Dir. Lucy Walker USA 91 min PG

2010 Magnolia Pictures

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing 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 (THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT), the film features an array of important international statesmen — including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair – and makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament.

“GRIPPING. SPINE-TINGLING. It’s the rare piece of political filmmaking that could unite the left and the right. It makes getting rid of nuclear weapons as less a ‘cause’ than an imperative.” –Entertainment Weekly

“EXHILARATING. Odd as it may sound, it’s a beautiful movie. It has a sense of rhythm, color and humanity and the editing is miraculous.” –-John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

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