January 7th, 7:00 pm
The Atomic Cafe
We will be joined this evening for our discussion after the film screening by:
Lon Burnam, co-chair of Nuclear Free World Committee of DPJC and former Texas State legislator
Joyce Hall, Director of Pax Christi Dallas
David Griggs, Attorney, Sierra Club Dallas
The Atomic Cafe is a 1982 American documentary film produced and directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty and Pierce Rafferty.
The film covers the beginnings of the era of nuclear warfare, created from a broad range of archival material from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s including newsreel clips, television news footage, U.S. government-produced films (including military training films), advertisements, television and radio programs. News footage reflected the prevailing understanding of the media and public.
Though the topic of atomic holocaust is a grave matter, The Atomic Cafe approaches it with black humor. Much of the humor derives from the modern audience's reaction to the old training films, such as the Duck and Cover film shown in schools. A quote to illustrate what can be perceived as black humor, culled from the movie: "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man," a U.S. Army training film declares.
You can view the trailer here: https://youtu.be/AymBFIo2-sM
This screening is cosponsored by the
Dallas Peace & Justice Center and the Nuclear Free World Committee of the DPJC