The Strength of Peace

Douglas Roche

If You Love This Planet

This Oscar®-winning short film is comprised of a lecture given to students by outspoken nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA. Her message is clear: disarmament cannot be postponed. Archival footage of the bombing of Hiroshima and images of its survivors seven months after the attack heighten the urgency of her message.

From the playlist : Manifesto for Interventionist Media - because Art is a Hammer

Manifesto Point #7: The social and political goals – and the process itself — are paramount. Ask yourself every day: why are you doing this project? If You Love this Planet could be considered a precursor to An Inconvenient Truth. It’s based on a lecture given by physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott. The film, directed by Terre Nash, went on to win the Oscar for short documentary after being officially designated as "foreign political propaganda" by the U.S. Department of Justice. The film was made at the NFB’s Studio D, the first permanent, state-funded women's film unit in the world, created in 1974. Undoubtedly, the directors and producers were very clear about the question: Why are we making this film?

— Katerina Cizek

From the playlist : The Strength of Peace

“It’s appropriate to be passionate” about ridding the world of nuclear weapons. That’s what world-renowned nuclear disarmament activist Helen Caldicott says in this film. It’s interesting that U.S. President Ronald Reagan said the same thing. But Helen means it.

— Douglas Roche

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Comments

  • johnno

    “war war war it alllll end'S with a NUCLEAR WAR” — johnno, 26 Jun 2012

  • Harrison

    “Sixam's claim that this film is "anti-American propaganda" holds more water than the Titanic. The former Soviet Union at the time this film was released would not have allowed access to the kind of information we have about America's strategic strength. Sixam needs to remember two important points before advancing his judgement regarding Dr. Caldicott's motives: One - The United States of America is the only nation on Earth to have used nuclear weapons (and in their defense, the only alternative available to the US and it's allies to end WWII in Japan would have required invasion, which would have been disastrous and claimed a greater loss of life. Two - Remember when President Reagan was preparing before making a radio broadcast speech early in his first term when he uncorked something like this: "...I have decided to outlaw Russia forever...we begin bombing in five minutes." That little error of open mike stupidity didn't exactly engender much confidence in his leadership, insofar as his ability and judgement to supersede "positive control" was concerned. As far as President Carter is concerned, Jimmy attended Annapolis and went on to serve aboard nuclear powered submarines. He knew what was at stake and what was possible (remember Three Mile Island...he went there during the crisis). ” — Harrison, 18 Apr 2012

  • sixam

    “This is a blatant piece of anti-American propaganda. Whose side is she on anyway? If Carter was re-elected in 1980, would the NFB have made this film? By the way Senator Roche, President Reagan actually signed a few arms reduction treaties.” — sixam, 13 Jul 2011

  • Laje

    “I was very moved by this. Dr. Caldicott speaking so many years ago on a subject she still speaks on today just as passionately. Almost 30 years later, and yes the cold war is over, but how far have governments really come in controlling the inherent dangers of nuclear power? It's as though we've all gotten more careless. ” — Laje, 25 Jun 2011

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Film Credits

director
Terre Nash
editing
Terre Nash
producer
Edward Le Lorrain
camera
André-Luc Dupont
Susan Trow
Don Virgo
sound
Jacques Drouin
sound editing
Jackie Newell
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel
music
Karl Duplessis

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