An Exclusive Interview with Helen Caldicott

It’s been 40 years since If You Love This Planet won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The film is comprised of a lecture given to students by outspoken nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA. Her message is clear: disarmament cannot be postponed. Archival footage of the bombing of Hiroshima and images of its survivors seven months after the attack heighten the urgency of her message.

Since it was released, the film has only grown more relevant and authoritative and, on its anniversary, Dr. Caldicott has given an exclusive interview on its context and continued relevance.

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If You Love This Planet - Screening & Webinar + JFK


Guest Speaker: Helen Caldicott, World Renowned Peace Activist & Author
Moderated by Martin Sheen, Actor & Peace Activist

Sponsored by the JFK Peace Speech Committee and the Community Church of Boston

Monday February 19, 2024 7pm-8.30pm EST

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The first hour of our Program, moderated by Martin Sheen, will feature an award-winning film in which Dr. Caldicott discusses the danger of nuclear weapons.

We will view the screening of President Kennedy’s American University address followed by remarks from Dr. Caldicott on the relevance JFK’s speech has for us today.

During the final half hour of our Program Dr. Caldicott will take questions from the audience.

Dr. Caldicott is an Australian pediatrician and a founder of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND). She has appeared in numerous documentaries... read more

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(Images: The Official CTBTO Photostream | Flickr / PxHere)

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