May 8, 2019 –
"The Red Button" tells the dramatic officer of a Russian officer who saved the world from nuclear war. It was an intense period of time in the relationship between the United States and Russia. Tensions were running high between the two superpowers, and the atmosphere was suspicious because of recent incidents: a Korean jet liner with 269 passengers, many of whom were American, had been shot down over Soviet territory because the Russians believed it was a spy mission. The action led Reagan to label Russia an "evil empire." Soon after, the KGB communicated to the western operatives to prepare for possible nuclear war. Although this film is international in its perspective, the subject matter is very close to American audiences. The subject matter confronts the most vital and important themes for current security issues - for America as well as the rest of the world.
Speakers from two local anti-nuclear groups, Back from the Brink and Nuclear Ban.us will kick off the post-film discussion.
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30–8:30 pm at Forbes Library in Northampton