February 27, 2017
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We’ve just sworn in our 45th president—and the 11th to inherit the so-called nuclear football, or “the closest modern-day equivalent of the medieval crown and scepter,” as Smithsonian magazine describes it. “Accompanying the commander in chief wherever he goes, the innocuous-looking briefcase is touted in movies and spy novels as the ultimate power accessory, a doomsday machine that could destroy the entire world.”
Just what would that destruction look like? the bomb, which debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, aims to answer that question.
The 55-minute immersive experience, which beams deeply affecting archival footage onto multiple screens as electronica plays in the background, is “a really bold way to cut through the sense of denial and amnesia about this subject,” says Eric Schlosser, one of the project’s codirectors and author of the book that inspired it: Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.
Join Schlosser, who’s also the acclaimed author of Fast Food Nation, for a powerful discussion, as well as for clips from the bomb, during this one-of-a-kind evening.