THE STRANGEST DREAM

SYNOPSIS

2008 | 1 H 29 MIN | CANADA
This is the story of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government’s secret program to build the first atomic bomb. His was a decision based on moral grounds.

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.”

FESTIVALS

  • Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, Canada)
  • Guelph Film Festival (Guelph, Canada)
  • Polish Film Festival in America (Chicago, USA)
  • United Nations Association Film Festival (Stanford, USA)
  • Antigonish International Film Festival (Antigonish, Canada)

OTHER SCREENINGS

  • European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium)
  • United Nations (NY, USA)
  • Museum of Civilization (Ottawa, Canada)
DIRECTED BY

Eric Bednarski

WRITTEN BY

Barry Cowling

Eric Bednarski

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nigel Markham

COMPOSER

David Christensen

EDITOR

Angela Baker

SOUND

Kent Martin

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Kent Martin

PRODUCED BY

Kent Martin

PRODUCER