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The Strangest Dream

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The Strangest DreamThis is a documentary on the life of Jo Rotblat, who mobilized the world’s leading scientists to save the world from nuclear annihilation and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his life-long dedication. Rotblat and the Pugwash movement have inspired thoughtful people everywhere.

The film retraces the history of nuclear weapons, from the first test in New Mexico, to Hiroshima, where we see survivors of the first atomic attack.

Branded a traitor and spy, Rotblat went from designing atomic bombs to researching the medical uses of radiation. Together with Bertrand Russell he helped create the modern peace movement, and eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Featuring interviews with contemporaries of Rotblat and passionate public figures including Senator Roméo Dallaire, The Strangest Dream demonstrates the renewed threat of nuclear weapons and encourages hope through the example of morally engaged scientists and citizens.

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9 years ago

There is nothing better than watching a documentary about a scientist with a conscience, who refuses manipulation by the powers that be for bad intentions. Sadly, they (like their political counterparts) only come around once in a while, and cannot prevent the inevitable. (perhaps only slow it down)

11 years ago

Anyone who is awarded a Nobel prize has nothing to say I'm interested in.

11 years ago

Weapon invented with potential to destroy humanity. One out of 100 of the smartest hominids on the planet thinks it's a bad idea. Hominid u so smarty.

Ephraim Rosenberg
11 years ago

Relament, you are dead wrong about what iran has or hasn't said... Ahmadinejad has openly stated on more than one occasion that he wishes to wipe Israel off of the map.. Not sure how that would be an effective strategy for removing a "political movement" as you say is his only target. The fact that yes, he has also come out and said his nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes means absolutely nothing.. Are you really so naive as to think that dictators, especially ones who align themselves with Assad and fund hezbollah, won't lie? It's typical of mideast dictators to say one thing on arabic television and to say something completely opposite to english speaking media..
You also site the UN and their constant petitioning for punitive measures against Israel, as though that somehow solves the entire issue, or that we should abandon any nation to nuclear obliteration if the UN has criticized them.. Need I remind you how in the past, attrocities in Sudan, Iraq, Syria, etc have gone on and on without any similar petitioning by the UN for a stop to those attrocities? It's obvious to any fair-minded person to see that the UN has it out for Israel.. Only a person who is either ignorant, or has their own bias against Israel would think otherwise.
As for your statement that "other Jewish people feel the same way", I hardly find that to be relevant at all. There are lunatics among every people.
I think you should go research the findings of the IAEA who have confirmed that Iran has time and again not been forthcoming in disclosing their nuclear related activities. It's been confirmed that Iran is enriching uranium way past levels needed for peaceful purposes. You should really take a look at the facts, before allowing your antisemitism to blind you to the fact that a nuclear Iran will harm Muslims as well as Jews.

11 years ago

Well said, relament! I wish Americans understood US foreign policy to the extent you do.

11 years ago

It brought tears to my eyes to know that such men existed and can transcend conflict and hate with hope in their hearts

sam sanjay
11 years ago

ya nuclear distribution is mainly done in japan

11 years ago

Roblat was a very intelligent, decent human it seems. A clear thinker who saw implications before most, and had the courage to do what he felt was right.
As he said, we can't un-invent those weapons. I find it hard to see how we can rid ourselves of them while we as a species hold onto so many divisions. Maybe it will take a nuclear war, the survivors (if any) learning the lesson the hard way. Seems the typical way our species learns. Remembering the lesson is a whole new problem again, we don't seem to do that very well either, especially with war. It would be kind of ironic if the first 'highly intelligent' life this planet produces brings about it's own extinction using this intelligence.
Survival of the 'thickest' might be an option. Just smart enough to get ourselves into trouble we are.

11 years ago

I very much liked this Documentary, touching story of an inspiring man. Just for that it is worth a watch.

11 years ago

Every additional nuclear weapon that is produced by ANY country moves the entire world closer to intentional or accidental human disaster and enviromental catastrophe. "Nuclear blackmail" has become the new stepping stone to international relevance for many countries. Poor countries such as the Sudan are left to beg for help while Nuclear N.Korea can negotiate for food aid and Nuclear Pakistan can support terrorism without fear of invasion from the West.Any country that even threatens to develop nuclear weapons is rewarded for doing so with negotiating power. The nuclear "club" will continue to expand as long as it is profitable to do so.

11 years ago

Why does this discussion have to degenerate into another discussion about the past crimes of this or that country or what their future intentions might be? Can't we simply agree that all nuclear weapons are bad no matter who has them or what they say they will or will not do with them? It seems a fairly common sense posisition to take in my opinion. Of course this video refrenced Iran, considering the topic at hand it would have been odd not to mention them. However, the doc made it plain that they objected to all countires possessing or using nuclear weapons, it had plenty negative to say about the U.S. and its past use of the bomb, it talked extensively of how Rotblat walked out of the Manhattan project and did all he could to stop the bomb being developed and used. This was clearly not a pro U.S. or Canadian documentary, nor was it an anti Iranian or middle eastern documentary. It was simply a doc about a man that wanted ALL nuclear weapons done away with and for us to start intelligently using atomic technology to better peoples lives instead of destroying them. If that is something we can't all get behind then something is wrong, in my humble opinion.

11 years ago

anything remotely connected with Betrand Russell is black art at work; after all, what better way to fuel the ultimate destruction, that of 'global warming/climate change' than by advocating the lunacy of nuclear energy whilst funding it all the while.

contemplate how many have died since the 'peace movement' was formed? When these psychopathic pederasts talk 'peace' expect war has been brokered as in R.I.P. humanity.

11 years ago

The doc is about an anti-war scientist and his influence on subsequent arms limitationa and disarmament. It's not propaganda as far as I can tell, certainly no more than anything is. It's about Rotblat and the Pugwash movement.

11 years ago

I stopped watching seven minutes into this film, because they showed Ahmadinejad giving as speech during a military parade while people were speaking about the terror of nuclear weapons. Canadian propaganda.