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Lovejoy’s Nuclear War

Film still from LOVEJOY

Thu 27.07.

  • Director

    Dan Keller

  • USA / 1975
    60 min. / 16 mm / Original version with German subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Presented by Sandra Schäfer and Mona Feller

In 1974, Samuel Lovejoy, a young organic farmer, toppled a 170-meter-high steel weather tower in Montague, Massachusetts that had been built by Northeast Utilities as the first part of a nuclear power plant. He then turned himself into the police and handed over a four-page typewritten statement: "Only a concrete ‘no’ can stop the building of nuclear reactors, political action, direct action." Filmmaker Dan Keller lets Lovejoy express himself ahead of his trial and collects reactions to his act. LOVEJOY'S NUCLEAR WAR asks questions that could not be more timely and relevant today: What can civil resistance accomplish and what are its limits? What forms of protest are legitimate? How can we respond to the criminalization of activists?

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media