The Strangest Dream to be screened at the United Nations - National Film Board of Canada film continues to engage world audiences



    "This documentary is a worthy tribute to a heroic humanitarian and a
    powerful warning to us all to abolish nuclear weapons or face the
    ultimate global warming - nuclear holocaust." SENATOR ROMEO DALLAIRE

    MONTREAL, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Film Board of Canada's
documentary film The Strangest Dream will be shown for the first time in New
York on the opening day of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for
the 2010 NPT Review Conference on Monday, May 4, 2009. The screening will be
under the auspices of Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB,
Mr. Tom Perlmutter; Mr. Sergio Duarte, the United Nations High Representative
for Disarmament Affairs; and Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, president of Pugwash
Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Audience members will include NGOs
from over 60 organizations and representatives from 192 member states.
Directed and co-written by Eric Bednarski, The Strangest Dream is produced by
Kent Martin from NFB Atlantic Centre.
    "This screening is an event that raises real and important issues for our
future, and we were pleased to be given the opportunity to collaborate with
Pugwash and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs." says Mr. Perlmutter.
"Peace and disarmament issues are very much a concern for all. We hope that
the NFB's The Strangest Dream will continue to spark dialogue and interest,
here in Canada and around the world."
    The Strangest Dream is a detailed and insightful portrait of nuclear
physicist Joseph Rotblat and the times and circumstances that shaped his
ideas. Since the nuclear genie came out of the bottle and the first atomic
bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, a frightened world has been
trying to put it back. Joseph Rotblat, concerned with the moral consequences
of producing nuclear weapons, even in grave wartime circumstances, became the
only member of the Manhattan Project ever to leave Los Alamos on moral
grounds.
    Featuring interviews with contemporaries of Joseph Rotblat and members of
the Pugwash movement, The Strangest Dream demonstrates the continuing threat
of nuclear weapons, while encouraging hope through the example of morally
engaged scientists and citizens.
    The Strangest Dream was recently screened for the European Parliament in
Brussels on April 1 and during the 58th Pugwash Conference on Science and
World Affairs entitled "Justice, Peace and Nuclear Disarmament," in The Hague
on April 18. A pan-Canadian tour of 12 cities will continue in Ottawa on May
26, when members from the Canadian Parliamentary Caucus of Parliamentarians
for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (PNND) and the NFB will screen
the film at the Canadian Museum for Civilization.

    Credits:

    Directed by Eric Bednarski
    Producer Kent Martin
    Written by Eric Bednarski & Barry Cowling
    Cinematography Nigel Markham
    Editor Angela Baker
    Sound Kent Martin
    Original Music David Christensen
    Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

    For more information, please visit www.nfb.ca/thestrangestdream.


    About the National Film Board of Canada

    The world changes, our stories live on - that's the National Film Board
of Canada's pledge to Canadians as it marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with
a new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, innovative
productions. Canada's public film producer and distributor, the NFB produces
and distributes social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative
drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian
perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and
co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and
breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking
projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation -
and more. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000
productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90
Genies. To watch over 1000 productions online or for more information, visit
NFB.ca.

    High-resolution images can be downloaded at our site at
www.nfb.ca/photogallery.


    
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For further information: and to arrange interviews: Pat Dillon-Moore,
NFB publicist, Montreal, Quebec, (514) 283-9411, Cell: (514) 206-1750,
p.a.dillon@nfb.ca; Nadine Viau, NFB publicist, Montreal, Quebec, (514)
496-4486, Cell: (514) 458-9745, n.viau@onf.ca

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