World BEYOND War
Film Discussion & Global Meet-up
Start: Saturday, January 16, 2021 • 3:00 PM • Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
End: Saturday, January 16, 2021 • 5:00 PM • Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
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(January 15, 2021) — The Man Who Saved the World is a powerful documentary film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust.
On January 16, join us to watch and discuss the film in the lead-up to January 22, the historic day when nuclear weapons become illegal when the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into force.
We’ll hear from World BEYOND War Board Member Alice Slater, who has dedicated her life to banning the bomb. Alice will give a historic perspective on the nuclear abolition movement and how we got to where we are today with the passage of the ban treaty.
In addition to her work with World BEYOND War, Alice is an attorney and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a board member of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, and on the Advisory Board of Nuclear Ban-US.
After hearing from Alice, we’ll break out into discussion groups to network and strategize with other activists from around the world, and share organizing ideas for the January 22 global day of action.
You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information for the event, as well as the link to the film. You can watch the film at any time in the lead-up to the event. Be sure to check the box to “Yes, opt in to email updates” in order to receive important information for the event, including the Zoom and film links.
The Man Who Saved The World — Full Documentary
On 26 September 1983, the computers in the Serpukhov-15 bunker outside Moscow, which housed the command center of the Soviet early warning satellite system, twice reported that US intercontinental ballistic missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union.
Stanislav Petrov, who was duty officer that night, suspected that the system was malfunctioning and managed to convince his superiors of the same thing.
He argued that if the US was going to attack preemptively it would do so with more than just five missiles and that it was best to wait for ground radar confirmation before launching a counter-attack.
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