On July 16, 1945, the U.S. government tested their first nuclear bomb, led by J. Robert Oppenheimer. As the blast went off, Oppenheimer became aware not only the terrifying power of the nuclear bomb but also our inability to entirely comprehend the implications of this invention. His attempts to warn the public were silenced and ridiculed, though today, over 65 years later, his voice is a haunting reminder of our very real nuclear threat.
Featuring interviews from the documentary film "Countdown to Zero," this short is a look into the man who created the bomb...and a frightening new world. Find out more about the movie, and how you can demand a world without nuclear weapons, at TakePart.com/zero.
Produced by TakePart with Participant Media
Directed by Mariana Blanco at Hoodablah
Score by Austin Wintory
Featuring Grizelda by Yeasayer
Special Thanks to Lisa Remington, Susan Ricketts
Footage provided by:
Arnold Newman Collection/Getty Images, AP Image Source, BBC Motion Gallery, Corbis, Fish Films, Harvard University Archives, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Library of Congress, National Archives Records Administration, NBC News Archives , Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images, Streamline Films, Trinity and Beyond, VCE, Inc., World Security Institute