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Seconds to Midnight

Sounding the alarm over the ever-growing threat of nuclear weapons so what could be, never will be.

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Impact areas

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Darren Vukasinovic

  • PRODUCER Mike Munro and Zoë Hogan

Synopsis

DURATION: 210 MINUTES

In 2020, the Doomsday Clock was moved to the closest it’s ever been to midnight in its 70-year history, “100 seconds to midnight”, reflecting the catastrophic dangers of nuclear war and the effects that even a LIMITED attack would have on the planet’s already ailing climate.

Our research is endorsed by the 2017 Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which remains positive that because chemical, biological and landmine weapons have been ostracized around the world, the same can occur with nuclear weapons. The UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has also signed up 122 countries.

Using virtual reality pictures, the latest Red Cross ‘nuked city scenario’, NukeMAP and interviews from the world’s foremost experts on radiation poisoning, famine and climate change, “Seconds to Midnight” will show how FOUR limited strikes (India/Pakistan and Russia/USA) will have on countries thousands of kilometres away over 20 years.

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  • 30th September 2020

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Public awareness of the impact of modern nuclear warfare is largely in denial. Atomic weapons hold no comparison to advanced, multi-missile nuclear warheads of today. The 15,000 warheads possessed by just 9 countries, are 30 to 50 times more powerful than those used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These countries are increasing their nuclear arsenals and spending $100 billion dollars every year on modernising and maintaining them.

Our experts on radiation poisoning, famine and climate science, will say that even more rapid climate change, radiation fallout and acid rain will lead to a collapse in global food production. Two billion people will be starving within a decade. Fresh waterways and soils will be poisoned while food production will not recover for 30 years.

On a positive note, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was signed by 35 nations in 2017 - once 50 member countries have signed, the treaty will come into force and outlaw nuclear weapons.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Using CGI and immersive Virtual Reality experience to illustrate how drastically the planet will change for decades, our hope is to encourage populations through social media to make a difference by joining anti-nuclear campaigns and writing to their leaders.

Our ambition is not to sensationalise but to trigger response to do something about those changes – to warn what could be, so it never will be – to make nuclear weaponry pariahs like biological, chemical and landmines.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Our documentary and VR experience aims to show how drastically the planet could be permanently damaged and why such nuclear strikes should never be allowed to occur.

Core objectives of both the documentary and VR experience are to:
- Support non-governmental campaign efforts to positively educate and influence policy makers and the general public in the global threat posed by nuclear weapons
- Create awareness and meaningful social and political activism to progress the abolishment of nuclear weapons and establish unliteral agreements to make nuclear weapons illegal (as we have biological warfare)

We hope to motivate our audience to:
- Reach out to our partner charities and campaign organisations.
- Find out how they can make their opinions on Nuclear Weaponry heard by their democratically elected leaders and policy makers
- Sign petitions, speak out on social media and engage in other democratic means to lobby against the rise of Nuclear arming and aggression

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

ICAN’s international network of scientists and experts in nuclear weapons are supporting us in both research and the development of the documentary and VR scripts to ensure that our scientific, environmental predictions and modelling are accurate.

ICAN’s co-operation also extends to introductions for research, interviews and collaboration with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, The UN and the Red Cross.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

This is a dark subject, but there’s so much we can do to change the future for the better. This is documentary will touch on the dire effects of limited nuclear attacks and the positive steps that we, as a global community, can take to prevent those attacks.

Social media campaigns, writing to local politicians and leaders, joining a growing network of anti-nuclear movements and simply word of mouth, can help stop an accidental, or deliberate catastrophe.

Our separate VR experience provides a new perspective which will prompt the public and business to demand the dismantling and abolition of all nuclear weapons through:

1. Becoming members of our campaign and lobbying for public awareness.
2. Talking about the unique documentary/VR experience on social media.
3. Arranging screenings in their communities and schools.
4. Writing to their local politicians asking them to lobby for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Social media and public support will determine success. A controversial documentary, and VR experience, will generate publicity around the world.

Short Term Goal:
- Increased social media conversation, continuing publicity and debate.
- Increased membership of anti-nuclear movements and groups.

Medium Term:
- Our partner NFP’s receive increased support for fundraising at key political and media events, using clips of “Seconds to Midnight” at their functions.

Long Term:
- Increased discussion across mainstream media and geopolitical landscapes leading to the ratification of the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty.
- The dismantling of all nuclear weapons by the key nine nations and unilateral agreement by those nations to make nuclear weapons illegal, like biological, chemical and landmine weaponry.

Any companies which choose to donate towards the making of the documentary will have open access to use it on their websites, workplaces and functions. All donations are tax deductable

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