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Seconds to Midnight

Documentary and VR experience highlighting the dangers of and global campaign efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.

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Impact areas

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Darren Vukasinovic

  • PRODUCER Mike Munro and Zoë Hogan

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

Seconds to Midnight is a feature length documentary, coupled with an immersive Virtual Reality experience, aimed to educate on modern nuclear war and to encourage active advocacy for the dismantling and abolition of all nuclear weapons.

The documentary will educate on how modern nuclear weaponry has no historic counterpart and debate the alarming trend of careless rhetoric and misinformation from rogue leaders with access to nuclear arsenals.

And it will provide a compelling counterbalance, highlighting the work of anti-nuclear campaign group, ICAN on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and urges the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Widespread and relentless global advocacy has already resulted in 35 states acceding to the Treaty. Once 50 countries have ratified to it, the Treaty will enter into force.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Public awareness of the impact of modern nuclear warfare is concerningly limited, largely based on WW2. But historic nuclear weapons hold little comparison to advanced, multi-missile nuclear warheads of present day.

Alongside this threat is the deterioration in non-proliferation efforts, countries increasing their nuclear arsenals and reckless political rhetoric.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017. A widespread and relentless global advocacy has already resulted in 35 states acceding to the Treaty. Once 50 countries have ratified to it, the Treaty will enter into force.

Nuclear fall-out affects climate change and people of all ages, race, gender and class, alongside animal life and the environment we share. In academic circles, alarm bells are ringing. The effects of just 2 or 3 modern nuclear strikes would be devastating to global ecosystems.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Using CGI & immersive VR to illustrate how drastically the planet could be damaged, evoking more people to join the anti-nuclear campaign. 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, ICAN believe nuclear weapons can be abolished, with a precedent already established through global campaigns to eliminate other inhumane weapons. Already, any nation using biological, chemical and landmine weaponry is viewed as global pariahs. The same can happen to nations who insist on maintaining a nuclear arsenal.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates ICAN believe nuclear weapons can be abolished, with a precedent already established through global campaigns to eliminate other inhumane weapons.
Core objectives of both the documentary and VR experience are to:
- Support campaign efforts to positively educate and influence policy makers and the general public on the global threat posed by nuclear weapons
- Create awareness and meaningful social and political activism to progress the abolishment of nuclear weapons and establish unilateral agreements to make nuclear weapons illegal (as we have biological, chemical and landmines).
We hope to motivate our audience to:
- Reach out to our partner charities and campaign organisations.
- Find out how they can make their opinions on Nuclear Weaponry heard by their democratically elected leaders and policy makers
- Post on social media, engage in peaceful protest and engage in any other democratic means they can to lobby against the rise of Nuclear aggression.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

ICAN’s international network of scientists and experts in nuclear weapons have been engaged to support us in development of both the documentary and VR scripts and storyboards; to ensure that our scientific, mathematical and environmental predictions and modelling are accurate.

Their co-operation extends to introductions for assistance to key partners that work with ICAN, such as the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Red Cross.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We want to educate and empower audiences to take positive action as a result of viewing the documentary and/or VR experience. When the audience take off the VR headset, or the documentary finishes and they ask what she or he can do to help, we will direct them to:
1. Become members of one of our campaign partners and get involved in that organisation’s lobbying and public awareness campaigns
2. Talk about the documentary/VR experience on social media and in their immediate sphere of influence.
3. Arrange screenings in their community, schools and places of worship.
4. Write to their local MP’s/congress members asking them to engage in discussions around nuclear proliferation in the political arena. (Working with our campaign partners who will help direct audiences to their local MPs and advise how to contact them).

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Short – med-term: on film release and ongoing over 6 months of engagement program:
- Increased social media conversation, media and democratic debate around the rise in Nuclear Proliferation.
This will be tracked through social media monitoring and search engine monitoring (with support from search engine platforms)

Medium term: up to 2 years:
- Increased awareness of relevant charities such as our partners ICAN and MWAP and increased membership and support for these charities in their lobbying and awareness campaigns.
- Our partner charities receive increased invites for their engagement at key political and media events.

Long-term: ongoing
- Increased discussion across mainstream media and geopolitical landscape on the abolishment of nuclear weapons
- Progress in the abolishment of nuclear weapons and establishment unilateral agreements to make nuclear weapons illegal (as we have biological warfare).

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