"In short, a titanic struggle is raging in the collective unconscious of humanity."
— William Johnston
As the world moves further away from the onset of the Nuclear Age while nuclear sabre rattling reaches a pitch not seen since the cold war, it becomes clear the necessity for reminding the international community about the horrors wrought by nuclear weapons and to renew the push for global disarmament.
The Nuclear Age began July 16, 1945 in southern New Mexico with the test explosion "Trinity". Three weeks later, two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 humans. Since the beginning of the Nuclear Age, some of the very scientists who created the nuclear bomb have called for its abolition. In Search of Resolution
sets out to tell that story in narrative form and includes the voices of those who are involved in this ongoing struggle. The documentary seeks to address the question: Why do these weapons still exist?
As the third film of The Nuclear World Project, In Search of Resolution explores a continuing 78-year-old drama that is little understood and rarely reported on. Looking to the future, the film profiles individuals and organizations who are working towards ensuring that nuclear weapons are never again used in war. Among those profiled are a group of young people gathered to continue the mission of a nuclear-free world for the decades to come
As best summed up within the film, "If you don’t have peace, than you cannot have disarmament. And the question is what do you put first, peace before disarmament or disarmament as a condition for peace." On January 3, 2022, the five original nuclear weapon states declared, "We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought." Then merely a month later Russia invaded Ukraine and the threat of nuclear weapons were made explicit as they hadn't been in decades.
In Search of Resolution also details the workings of the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference held at the UN in 2022, and the intense debate between nations against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, offering a rare and unique insight into the diplomatic underpinnings of de-nuclearization. The thoughts and ideas presented in this documentary are meant to stir anyone watching so as to understand the immense challenges humanity faces in the 21st century.
IN SEARCH OF RESOLUTION, my goal is to pass on the story to younger generations. Their task is a heavy one as they are going to have to learn the story and try to search for a way forward, as the title suggests. The weapons and the attitudes today create a more challenging environment than ever before, and the generations of today simply do not have the memory or experiences of 'duck and cover' or air raid drills. My generation experienced those times and the memories and nightmares, something the newer generations do not hold fresh in their memories. As the director of this documentary, I have had the experience of dealing with the existence of nuclear weapons from their beginning in one way or another, and I feel it is my responsibility to pass on the knowledge to future generations. There is no excuse for all living not to at least be aware.
Albert Einstein said the following on the subject of nuclear weapons: 'No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.'
We live in unpredictable times. To deal with the realities of what can be done with nuclear weapons takes a willingness to see new ways to approach the underlying causes and not to be stuck in this challenge which seems unsolvable. The voices of the past remind us of how much the past continues to be a challenge to those living in the present, as well as point to the responsibilities of the younger generations to join the search for resolution."
— Robert E. Frye
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