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Cannes screening for nuclear film

Published 17/05/2010 | 20:11

Documentary maker Lucy Walker's latest film had a special Cannes screening
Documentary maker Lucy Walker's latest film had a special Cannes screening

A documentary by a British director exploring the dangers of nuclear weapons received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Lucy Walker's Countdown to Zero focuses on the risks of nuclear proliferation and on attitudes towards nuclear weaponry in the wake of the Cold War.

The documentary features interviews with past world leaders such as Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev and Jimmy Carter, as well as international experts, as it investigates the possibility that an accident, miscalculation or terrorist activity could trigger mass destruction.

The film's message is that of international campaign Global Zero, which calls for the gradual elimination of nuclear weapons.

Walker said: "It's so strange that in the world today, when it is probably more dangerous regarding nuclear weapons than ever, nobody is talking about it."

She suggested people were in "denial" over the threat posed to the world because the subject was such a terrifying one.

She said: "Denial's a beautiful thing and yet Einstein said this cool thing that I kept quoting because I think it's just so good. He said that nuclear weapons have changed everything except our way of seeing, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe."

Although Countdown to Zero investigates the development of nuclear weapons in countries like Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea, Walker said it tried to dispel the concept that Western countries were part of a "safe nuclear club".

"Hopefully the film is about questioning this idea that you can have a safe nuclear club with a few countries like us, but they can't have them," she said.

The festival continues until May 23.

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