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The Bomb - Film Review (American Essentials Film Festival 2017)

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The Bomb, a 61 minute documentary by Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser, is a huge cinematic experience set against a score of electronica music by The Acid. The colours are vibrant, the cinematography will amaze and the scenes on screen is laid down in such a beautiful artistic way, that one can easily forget the devastating reality of The Bomb.

The film will be preceded by an actual Civil Defence short film from 1951: Survival Under Atomic Attack. For other great choices of many Australian Premiere's head to the American Essentials Film Festival 2017 website.


This doco is a reminder that we ought to be thinking about and be very afraid of the reality of a nuclear war. It would be a perfectly rational thought when there are reportedly 15,000 nuclear weapons right around the globe, with the very real threat that the powers that be are willing to deploy these weapons of mass destruction and make it a reality. The message is real, behind the wonderful footage of military parades, beautiful explosions and cinematic art one could get lost in.

Keeping in mind the current news filtering through our television screens, can you remember the last time you or anyone had a conversation about or worried about 'the bomb'? Keshari, Ford and Schlosser's goal is to remind us that these nuclear weapons do exist and threatens the survival of our species. There needs to be a public discussion and for it to remain in our consciousness. This doco is not meant to put the fear of God into you, but it is essential for you to know that all this nuclear power hidden away underground and underwater are waiting to be used at a moment's notice, to kill you. The truth is out there!


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Why? American Essentials Film Festival 2017
When: SYD: 9-24 May, MEL: 11-24 May, CAN: 16-28 May, BRIS: 17-28 May, ADEL: 18-28 May 2017
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide
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