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Documentary - Weapons of Mass Destruction

Documentary - Weapons of Mass Destruction


By Adam Horowitz

"John is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage." - 1950's newsreel footage of Marshall Islanders

Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history: how Marshall islanders, considered an uncivilized culture, were deliberately used as human guinea pigs to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings.

Between 1946 and 1958 the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons above ground on or near Bikini and Enewetok atolls. One hydrogen bomb was 1000 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb. Entire islands were vaporized and populated islands were blanketed with fallout. As the film shows, the heavily exposed people of Rongelap were then enrolled as human subjects in the top-secret Project 4.1 and evacuated to a severely contaminated island to study the effects of eating radioactive food for nearly 30 years. Many of the Marshall Islanders developed cancers and had babies that were stillborn or with serious birth defects.

Nuclear Savage follows the islanders today as they continue to fight for justice and acknowledgement of what was done to them. Despite recent disclosures, the U.S. government continues to deny that the islanders were deliberately used as human guinea pigs. The film raises disturbing questions about racism, the U.S. government's moral obligation to the people of the Marshall Islands, and why the government is continuing to cover up the intent of the tests and Project 4.1 after several decades.

  • "A poignant, provocative, and deeply troubling look at the lingering and lasting effects of nuclear disaster and the human consequences of US government efforts to define, contain, and control public awareness and concern." - Counterpunch

  • "One of the most disturbing documentaries I have ever seen. Opens up one of the hidden horrors of American history. The film does a stunning job juxtaposing examples of our smug ignorance of South Sea culture with the reality of what we did to it." - Robert Koehler, Chicago Tribune

  • "The term 'savage' is used to refer to people from primitive cultures, but this documentary shows how savagery reaches new levels with the advent of advanced technology. ...Without incredible archival footage and shocking secret documents, the story would seem unbelievable." - Film Society, Lincoln Center

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 147 minutes

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    By Robert E. Frye

    In one lifetime a nuclear-armed world emerged, and with it the potential for global destruction on a scale never before possible. Is it also possible that in a single lifetime nuclear weapons could be abolished?

    In My Lifetime provides a comprehensive look at the full scope and impact of the nuclear age from its beginnings to the present day, including the international efforts by citizens, scientists and political leaders to reduce or eliminate the nuclear threat.

    Through archival footage and contemporary interviews, In My Lifetime portrays the history of the nuclear era and the complex search for "a way beyond". Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., the movie features international voices from many perspectives and different parts of the history. Manhattan Project scientists, former military personnel, and survivors of the first atomic bombs remind us how the nuclear age began -- and what we seek to avoid from happening ever again. Central participants and historians recount the major developments that followed: the U.S. ¡V Soviet Cold War, above-ground nuclear testing, the Cuban missile crisis, the historic summits between Reagan and Gorbachev, the spread of nuclear weapons, and nonproliferation efforts.

    Through this history, the film attempts to uncover the forces that brought us to the present number of nuclear-armed countries, and the obstacles ¡V both political and human ¡V that have blocked the world from reaching the solution all ultimately desire. An inside view of the debates at a recent UN Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is especially revealing, clearly showing how difficult it is for the world to move beyond the nuclear status quo.

    In My Lifetime challenges viewers to learn from this history and find a way to accomplish what might seem like the impossible, because it is an absolute necessity.

  • "One of the best documentaries of the nuclear age I have ever seen". - Avner Cohen, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, The Monterey Institute for Int'l Studies

  • "A powerful and persuasive film. Beautifully done. Shows the effects of nuclear weapons and the consequences on both the commonweal and on individual conscience. (The) film is haunting compelling and I marvel at its mastery of the subject and its personal attraction." - William Lanouette, Author, Genius in the Shadows (a biography of Leo Szilard)

  • "A chilling birds eye survey of the history of nuclear weapons, displaying iconic and terrifying stills and footage from Hiroshima and after." - Film Columbia

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 9 - Adult) / 109 minutes

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    By Jakob Gottschau

    When the USA exploded two nuclear bombs over Japan in 1945, it was perhaps the largest demonstration of power in the history of civilization. But there was more to follow, for the devastating explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were just the starting point of a desperate arms race between the USA and the Soviet Union - and during the next 40 years, the nuclear stockpiles of the super powers would grow at an alarming rate - leading, on several occasions, to the world being close to a nuclear war.

    It wasn't until the end of the cold war that thousands of nuclear bombs were disarmed - and the world could once more breathe easy - at least for a while. Today, the number of countries with atomic weapon arsenals is on the increase -and alongside the likelihood that terrorist groups could, any day, get their hands on this deadly technology, is greater than ever.

    The film makes use of significant archival footage to tell the story. Einstein, Oppenheimer, Truman, Stalin, Reagan, and many others are depicted as they grapple with the dilemma posed by nuclear weapons. Commentary by historians such as Prof. Lawrence S. Wittner, University of Wisconsin, and Scotland's Prof. Gerard De Groot gives the viewer a perspective on past events. Roland Timerbaev, former UN ambassador from Russia, gives an insider's view of the Soviet Union's policy during the Cuban missile crisis, as well as Gorbachev's efforts towards disarmament.

    DVD / 2008 / (College, Adult) / 38 minutes

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    By by Alice T. Day, PhD, and Lincoln H. Day, PhD

    A compelling new documentary exploring the noticeably under-reported issue of the environmental impacts of war. Confronts the immensely broad ecological ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity - all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, and ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.

    In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war is comprised of elements that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity and entire ecosystems, and drain our limited natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned even by preparation for war, not to mention war itself, is routinely underestimated, underreported, and even ignored. This outstanding, timely, new film explores the crucial need for public scrutiny of the ecological impact of war and reminds us of the importance of accountability and sustainability not in spite of global conflict, but because of it.

    DVD / 2008 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 56 minutes

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    By James T. Hong

    This is a multi-award winning documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility. The second half, using almost the exact same footage, describes Unit 731 from the Japanese revisionist perspective which is largely supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. Although its cruel experiments on living people produced thousands of casualties, this activity is still denied by a number of Japanese historians and politicians.

    Generational change has contributed to the escalating history problem between Japan, China, and the two Koreas. Not only were the majority of Asians born and educated after the war, as a result of the education they received in their own countries, their memories and ideas of the war have become more divergent. Usage of the same shots in both parts of the film ironically demonstrates the potential to misuse film images for political purposes.

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2008.
  • The Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2007.
  • Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival, 2007.

  • Best World Documentary Award, International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic, 2007

    DVD / 2007 / (College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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    By Thomas Johnson

    On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat exploded and began spewing radioactive smoke and gas. Firemen discovered that no amount of water could extinguish the blaze. More than 40,000 residents in the immediate area were exposed to fallout 100 times greater than that from the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. But the most serious nuclear accident in history had only begun.

    Based on top-secret government documents that came to light only in the Nineties, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL reveals a systematic cover-up of the true scope of the disaster, including the possibility of a secondary explosion of the still-smoldering magma, whose radioactive clouds would have rendered Europe uninhabitable. The government effort to prevent such a catastrophe lasted for more than seven months and sacrificed the lives of thousands of soldiers, miners and other workers.

    THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to "liquidate" the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth "sarcophagus." These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.

    The consequences of this catastrophe continue today, with thousands of disabled survivors suffering from the "Chernobyl syndrome" of radiation-related illnesses, and the urgent need to replace the hastily-constructed and now crumbling sarcophagus over the still-contaminated reactor. As this remarkable film makes clear, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL is far from over.

  • "Truly powerful and moving... contains an impressive amount of incredibly powerful and valuable archival information, as well as some revealing interviews."¡XVitaly Cheernetsky, KinoKultura: New Russian Cinema

  • "An epic documentary."¡XVariety

  • "Powerful... an important film... Because so much of the story has been forgotten or concealed, the film's momentum never flags."¡XAmerican Society for Environmental History Newsletter

  • "A mind boggling piece of work... peerless... painstakingly researched... This documentary has earned the highest recommendation for its clarity, its persistent revelations, and comprehensive examination of this dismal crisis." ¡XMichael J. Coffta, Educational Media Reviews Online

  • Best History & Biography Program, 2007 Banff World Television Awards
  • Best Documentary, 2006 Prix Italia Festival

    DVD (Color) / 2006 / 94 minutes

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    Directed by Mary Patierno

    Once a tropical paradise, the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico was expropriated by the U.S.Navy in the 1940's. Many of its pristine beaches became launching sites to test explosive weaponry. Inhabitants were moved, their homes razed, to make room for the naval base. In true colonial manner, the US ignored the complaints of the residents who were being poisoned by fall -out and deafened by explosions.

    In this film, the islanders recount the grim story of the "occupation," their suffering from high cancer rates due to the fall -out of heavy metal particles, and the poisoning of the fish. While the US was paid $98 million a year by foreign governments to use Vieques for weapons testing and military training, none of the money was passed on to the residents of the island.

    Gradually a protest movement grew among the peace-loving islanders. In 1999, after two misfired bombs accidentally killed a civilian security guard, the movement became more passionate and better organized. Finally, in 2003, the Navy ceased all testing and training on the island. This was the first step in a complicated process of demilitarization, decontamination, and development of the community.

    Many inhabitants still chafe at the fact that a large parcel of land has been declared a nature preserve and therefore off limits for housing. Nevertheless, this is a David and Goliath-like story of a community reclaiming its land against enormous odds.

  • "Recommended." - Brian Falato, University of South Florida, Tampa Campus Library for EMRO

    DVD / 2006 / (College, Adult) / 55 minutes

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    By Ben Lewis

    For thirty years, despite worldwide protests, the idyllic Moruroa Atoll in French Polynesia was used as a site for France's nuclear tests. Despite repeated assurances by the French government that the blasts posed no environmental or health dangers, today this once environmentally pristine locale is contaminated by radiation and many of its inhabitants suffer from skin ailments, cancer, and leukemia, among other diseases.

    BLOWING UP PARADISE uses color archival footage to chronicle France's explosion of various nuclear devices, in violation of the international test ban treaty, from the first test in 1966 to the last in 1995. Interviews with former and current French government officials, scientists, and nuclear advisors illuminate France's political agenda of the era as well as its continuing denial of responsibility for the social devastation wrought and its refusal to pay any compensation to former test workers.

    The film also vividly portrays the protests of French nuclear policy in the region, including the actions of a Polynesian anti-nuclear terrorist group, riots in the streets of Moruroa, and years of anti-nuclear activism by Greenpeace environmentalists.

    BLOWING UP PARADISE also shows the increasingly aggressive French efforts to counter such efforts. In the most notable incident, in 1985, the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" was bombed and sunk by the French Secret Service, resulting in the death of a Greenpeace activist. In a later violent incident, as seen in amateur video recorded by those on board, 150 armed French Marines stormed a Greenpeace ship and arrested its crew members.

    BLOWING UP PARADISE reveals that the Moruroa Atoll, having undergone a complete social transformation, is today a politically destabilized society. The area remains a militarized zone and has been described by scientists as a nuclear waste dump in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Even worse, it is predicted that radiation leakages will eventually occur. BLOWING UP PARADISE thus becomes an atomic version of Paradise Lost, with the 'sins' of past nuclear tests wreaking potentially global catastrophe in the future.

  • "Highly Recommended!" - Educational Media Reviews Online

  • "Pick of the Day! shows how General de Gaulle's dream of establishing France as a superpower lead to decades of atomic tests in the south Pacific." - The Guardian

  • "Sure to get pulse rates racing... the reality speaks for itself." - Sydney Morning Herald

  • "Remarkable...compelling...one of the best documentaries on the atomic age to appear in a very long time...ideal for classroom use." - H-France

    DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2005 / 60 minutes

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    By Susan Lambert

    As he sits in his comfy chair, surrounded by his library, the scientist being interviewed is the very picture of urbane charm. So it's startling to consider that, a month after he gave this interview, Dr David Kelly would leave this cottage, walk across the fields to his favorite wood and kill himself.

    The July 2003 suicide of Kelly, a former United Nations weapons inspector and biological weapons adviser to Tony Blair's Government, almost brought down the British prime minister. Filmmaker Susan Lambert wasn't at Kelly's cottage to talk to him about the Iraq war.. Instead, she was there talk to Kelly about his pivotal role in the early 1990s in uncovering the then Soviet Union's secret and illegal biological warfare program.

    Plague, smallpox, flu, HIV/Aids, SARS - they are our deadly enemies. It's no wonder that throughout history microbes have been considered a terrifying weapon. In the Dark Ages, plague-ridden corpses were catapulted into besieged cities; the British colonists in America presented gifts of smallpox-infected blankets to unsuspecting Indian tribes; and in the early 90s, a religious cult poisoned Oregon salad bars with botulism. But it was not until 20th century scientists became involved that germs were developed into weapons of mass destruction.

    DEADLY ENEMIES is the secret history of biological weapons from World War II through the end of the Cold War. It tells the story of how science, history and politics became partners in a dance of death - a story that resonates at a time when world peace is again threatened.

    Like the Atomic Bomb, germ warfare grew out the military labs of World War II. The US and Soviets both recruited germ warfare scientist from Japan and Germany just as they had with atomic scientists. Japan had used these weapons to kill thousands of Chinese civilians and Germany had conducted experiments on concentration camp victims. Now this knowledge would be used in the escalating Cold War between the US and the Soviets and unleash a power which one leading US scientist warned "had put the people of the world on the course of possible global suicide."

    At the center of this story are the scientists who manipulated microscopic life for the purpose of killing. From early attempts to weaponize bacteria, to the advent of gene splicing and the creation of superbugs, they were engaged in a deadly scientific race that has delivered us the means of our own destruction. But for those who worked on these projects during the Cold War years, the race for the perfect biological weapon was a love story. Some were driven by patriotism, some had deep reservations about the use of this knowledge, but all were drawn by the lure of scientific research on a grand scale

    In the world outside the secret laboratories, however, germs were the enemy. Popular culture reflected public fears in feature films like The Satan Bug and The Andromeda Strain and in television ads for detergents with germ-killing enzymes. Against the backdrop of the remarkable archive of the time, DEADLY ENEMIES tells the story of scientists on both sides of the Cold War divide through the first hand accounts of those who were there.

  • "[three and a half stars]! Thorough... Revealing... Frightening... Riveting as both history and cautionary expose, DEADLY ENEMIES is Highly Recommended!" - Video Librarian

  • "The frightening story of the secret arms race that started during World War II and quickened pace during the anti-communist fever of the 1950s. Some of the footage from the 1950s is as surreal as it is terrifying. One cheerful military film shows the use of conscientious objectors and pacifists as guinea pigs in trials to test the effectiveness of certain diseases as weapons." - The Age

  • "Highly Recommended! With the term WMD (weapons of mass destruction) so prominent in recent news, this look at the biological weapons programs of the United States and the former Soviet Union gives some context to today's situation. Well worth watching!" - Educational Media Reviews Online

  • "A complex tale of ambiguity and lethal self-interest... Fascinating." - Sydney Morning Herald

    DVD (Color) / 2003 / 51 minutes

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    This story of international intrigue is especially timely as the world focuses on Iran, North Korea, and the potential atomic weapons of other nations.

    Stealing the Fire contains a rare interview with A.Q.Khan, the father of Pakistan's A-bomb and the former head of a network that sold nuclear weapons components to Iran, North Korea, and other countries.

    This important film traces an unbroken chain of events and personalities connecting Hitler's atomic bomb program and today's nuclear weapons black market. It follows the trail of Karl-Heinz Schaab, a German technician, who sold Saddam Hussein top secret documents stolen from Germany and traveled to Baghdad numerous times to help Iraq in its then nuclear bomb quest.

    Combining interviews, location shots, and historical footage, Stealing the Fire was shot on three continents. It journeys from the boardrooms of Europe to the turbulent cities of Pakistan to the cafes of Brazil. It is a real-life espionage thriller.

  • "The film is timely, chilling and grimly instructive." - Christian Science Monitor

  • Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, 2003
  • HotDocs, Toronto, 2003
  • Amsterdam International Film Festival, 2002
  • Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Centerpiece, 2002
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002
  • Nominated, Distinguished Documentary of the Year, IDA, 2002

    DVD / 2003 / (High School, College, Adult) / 58 minutes

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    Directed by Ilan Ziv

    For those unsatisfied with sensational television coverage featuring "terrorism experts," HUMAN WEAPON provides the first sober, in-depth examination of the complexities of the suicide bombing phenomenon.

    Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States, HUMAN WEAPON weaves dramatic, previously unseen footage together with interviews of key militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. It supplements these scenes with powerful human stories.

  • In Iran, the film looks at the "prototype" for the human weapon - the Basiji - young volunteers who were recruited to sacrifice themselves on the battlefield during Iran's long war with Iraq.

  • In Lebanon, the film combines interviews with key leaders of Hizbollah (the Party of God) and a former CIA agent with rare archival material and footage of a haunting visit to the family of a martyr. It also explores the very first suicide bombings - attacks directed at the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in 1983.

  • In Sri Lanka, the films examines the Tamil Tiger separatist movement, which took suicide bombings to the next level by launching hundreds of suicidal attacks against both military and political targets.

  • In Israel and the Palestinian territories, the film interviews failed suicide bombers, key leaders of Hamas and other militant organizations, Israeli doctors, and Palestinian psychiatrists. The film draws an intimate portrait of a recent suicide bomber and his community on the West Bank, to trace the recent phase in the evolution of suicide bombing: the ultimate weapon of terror, the political strategy of targeting civilians.

  • Finally, in the United States, HUMAN WEAPON explores, with the help of well-known author Robert Jay Lifton, some of the far-reaching historical ramifications of suicide bombing.

    HUMAN WEAPON is not primarily concerned with suicide bombing as a local phenomenon in a particular conflict. Rather, it strives to understand the recent history, and how the introduction of this new weapon has unleashed a different kind of warfare, whose impact we are yet to grasp.

  • "(4 Stars!). Chilling and instructive." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

  • "A gripping and important documentary." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

  • "HUMAN WEAPON provides an in-depth view into the global trend of suicide bombing and contextualizes resistence groups in their appropriate place in history." - Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

  • "The film debunks many of the stereotypes about suicide bombers. Truly disturbing. ...some scenes will stay with me for weeks."- Janus Head
  • "Powerfully analytical." - Bob Campbell, Star-Ledger (NJ)
  • "Highly Recommended... this is an excellent introduction to this currently prevalent form of warfare." - Educational Media Reviews Online Award
  • 2002 Prix Europa, Special Commendation (2nd Prize)

    DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2002 / 55 minutes

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    By William Sloan

    This classic, unforgettable film features the first footage shot following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The viewer becomes an eyewitness to the bomb's aftermath, literally walking through the rubble and hospitals jammed with dying people.

    In August 1945 the Japanese government commissioned Akira Iwasaki, a filmmaker jailed during WW II for his antiwar beliefs, to document the effects of this new weapon. With only black and white film available, he recorded stark and often simple, but telling images of the vast destruction, such as the shadows of leaves, flowers and other objects burned onto stone.

  • "Objective and poetic...strongly moving." - The Village Voice

    DVD (Black and White) / 1995 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 17 minutes

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    By Judy Irving, Chris Beaver

    Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, Nagasaki Journey is a powerful, yet hopeful look at the immediate and continuing aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki, Japan. The film tells the moving personal stories of two Japanese survivors and a U.S. Marine, who was one of the first American troops to occupy the city after the war ended. All three dramatically reveal how the impact of this single bomb forever transformed their lives and their thinking. Despite the enormous wartime tragedy, their common humanity transcended previous hatreds, providing hope the Nagasaki bomb would be the last atomic weapon ever dropped in warfare.

    Nagasaki Journey features recently discovered film footage shot by Marines during their occupation, as well as striking photos taken the day after the blast by Japanese Army photographer Yosuke Yamahata. Yamahata's complete photographic record, with other historical background, has been published in a companion 128-page book of the same name from Pomegranate Art Books.

  • "Powerful . . . Highly Recommended!" - Educational Media Reviews Online

    DVD / 1995 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 28 minutes

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    Narrated by Linda Hunt This powerful video features a comprehensive examination of one of the most important, yet little-understood episodes in modern history - the several months leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan, which both ended World War II and shaped the world's geo-political landscape for the next 50 years.

    To compel Japan's unconditional surrender, President Truman threatened a "rain of ruin," culminating in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

    RAIN OF RUIN investigates the key political and military motivations for the atomic bombings, especially the Nagasaki bombing. Did Japan finally surrender because of the atomic bombs or were there other reasons? Was the bomb¡¦s true aim to make an impression on Stalin? And, why did the Soviet Union enter the Pacific War on the very date Nagasaki was bombed?

    Top historical scholars present and discuss the principal theories, revealing the bombing to be a more complex historical event than commonly believed. The program draws on previously unpublished and declassified documents from the U.S., Japanese and Soviet archives, as well as remarkable film footage.

  • "Four stars. A sobering history lesson." - TV Host Magazine

  • "Riveting...a gripping program. One of the strengths of Rain of Ruin is its balanced presentation...Viewers are allowed to explore their own feelings and opinions." - Hollywood Reporter

  • "Highly recommended. Rain of Ruin is a... dispassionate work. It provides a brisk and clearly-presented historical overview of the baroque international politics and complex tactical maneuverings which lead to the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki. The film makes extensive and skillful use of archival footage and photographs to tell the story." - Video Librarian

    DVD / 1995 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 56 minutes

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    By Michael Brainerd

    The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." Many of the films remain definitive and timeless documents of previously unexplored aspects of Soviet history and culture.

    Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks, 54 min.
    Shevchenko's film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, documenting both the disaster and the heroic and horrifying attempts to clean up.

    The Bam Zone, 19 min.
    The uncompleted Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Railroad in Siberia is a powerful symbol of the stagnation of the Brezhnev years.

  • "There is probably no better forum for examining the radical changes on the Soviet Union and its people." - Los Angeles Times

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 1986 / (Grades 11-Adult) / 73 minutes

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    Trains special operation units to understand and respond to all WMDs.

    This program provides training to special operations units such as hazmat teams, bomb squads, tactical units, National Guard troops, and other emergency responders who may be called upon to carry out monitoring and sampling activities at a suspected WMD incident in order to help identify the weapons used. New low price!

    Focuses on equipment used as part of initial emergency response operations:
  • Dosimeters
  • Radiation pagers
  • Contamination survey instruments
  • Spectrometry
  • M8/M9 paper
  • High speed chromotography
  • Hazmat Smart Strips
  • Infrared technology
  • Biological sampling kits
  • many more!

  • The complexities of detecting for weapons of mass destruction
  • Detection priorities
  • Technologies used to monitor for radiation, explosives, chemical weapons and biological weapons
  • The advantages and limitations of each type of technology is discussed
  • How to avoid false positives
  • How to document findings

    DVD (With Guide) / 29 minutes

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    This biological terrorism preparedness video provides first responder training for terrorism events.

    " Biological Weapons" DVD provides training and response guidelines to emergency personnel who would be called upon to respond to a terrorist incident involving biological agents.

    Topics include:
  • Possible targets
  • Likely terrorist devices
  • Hazmat response protocols
  • Site management and control
  • Role of National Guard Civil Support Teams and Medical Strike Teams
  • Specialized equipment and supplies
  • Chem-bio certified protective suits and air purifying respirators
  • Incident management
  • Addresses three different scenarios: (1)Intelligence agencies uncover the probability of a known threat and responders are called out to support the operations of the agencies; (2)a device is actually discovered, either prior to or following a release; and (3) an attack goes unrecognized until a number of victims develop symptoms.
  • Examines - viruses, bacteria, toxins and rickettsia.
  • How biological agents are be delivered
  • Incubation periods
  • Determining the dispersal site.

  • Telly Awards -- 2000-Finalist

    DVD (With CD-ROM) / 29 minutes

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    This chemical terrorism preparedness video provides first responder training for terrorism.

    Know the signs of chemical terrorism and adapt hazmat protocols to meet the threat.

    This safety video is designed to provide training and response guidelines to emergency personnel who would be called upon to respond to a terrorist incident involving chemical agents.

  • Profiles four chemical agent classes: lethal agents (nerve agents and blood agents); choking agents; blister agents and incapacitating agents
  • Toxicology and symptoms of exposure of specific agents within each class
  • Possible targets
  • Likely terrorist dissemination devices for chemical agents
  • Warning signs and indicators of a chemical attack
  • Site control
  • Protective clothing
  • Incident management
  • Specialized equipment and supplies.
  • How terrorists may weaponize chemical agents
  • Using hazmat response protocols
  • Assessing risks to responders as well as to the community
  • Decontamination of victims, equipment and responders
  • Managing casualties
  • Air monitoring and instruments.

  • Telly Awards -- 2001-Finalist
  • Videofuego -- 2004-Golden Firefighter Award

    DVD (With CD-ROM) / 26 minutes

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    This program for First Responders teaches IED response.

    Recent events underscore the need for emergency personnel to be up to date on all types of terrorist weapons! This important program examines pre- and post-detonation response to the following weapons:

  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • Fusing mechanisms
  • Secondary devices
  • Rockets
  • Suicide missions
  • Dirty bombs
  • Vehicle bombs

    Topics covered include:
  • Determining evacuation distances
  • Setting strategic goals
  • Search and rescue
  • Firefighting in a terrorist environment
  • Dealing with mass casualties
  • Investigation activities
  • Recovery.

  • Videofuego -- 2004-Mencion Especial

    DVD (With Leader's Guide) / 30 minutes

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    Watch a scenario in the use of a dirty bomb and learn how to respond safely!

    Radiological Weapons" DVD shows a credible scenario in the use of a dirty bomb, consisting of explosives and radioactive materials. This important DVD program uses footage of emergency responders performing actual training exercises to respond to scenarios involving radiological weapons - potentially the most fearsome weapons in the terrorism arsenal!

    Topics covered:
  • The nature of radioactivity
  • Immediate and long-term health hazards of exposure
  • Response and protective actions
  • Search and rescue procedures
  • Using time, distance and shielding for protection
  • Exposure limits for emergency response and survival
  • Use of radiation alert devices
  • Size-up issues
  • Use of protective clothing and equipment. .

    DVD (With Leader's Guide) / 30 minutes

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