Documentary: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

On the 7th of July 2017, 122 countries voted in favour of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Countries that don’t have nuclear weapons but live under their threat voted for a ban. Without the knowledge of most of their citizens, the governments of the world’s nuclear powers didn’t vote, and yet the ban went ahead. Something new is happening.

This documentary film about efforts to bring a nuclear weapon ban treaty into international law and the role of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, is told through the voices of leading activists from several different organizations and countries and the president of the negotiating conference.

This 58 minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of the bomb and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention. It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security narrative and the historic steps taken since 2010 to take the treaty from a dream into a reality. Finally, the film shows what can be done by anyone to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatise nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated.

Extracts of fourteen interviews are woven into the story that will leave you feeling inspired!


  • Ray Acheson (Canada), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Pedro Arrojo (Spain), Congressman
  • Beatrice Fihn (Sweden), Executive Director, ICAN
  • Dr. Ira Helfand (USA), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  • Daniel Högsta (Sweden), Campaign Coordinator, ICAN
  • Kathleen Lawand, Head of Arms Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Rafael de la Rubia (Spain), World without Wars and Violence
  • Alice Slater (USA), Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  • Susi Snyder (USA), PAX, The Netherlands
  • Setsuko Thurlow (Japan), Hiroshima bomb survivor
  • Carlos Umaña (Costa Rica), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  • Elayne Whyte Gómez (Costa Rica), President of the UN Ban Treaty negotiating conference
  • Ward Wilson (USA), Historian and author
  • Tim Wright (Australia), Treaty Coordinator, ICAN

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