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14 May

If You Love this Planet

Film made by: Terre Nash, 1982, 25 min 50 s

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 7 months after the attack heighten the urgency of her message.

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?

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