“The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs” (documentary film)

Just in time for peace educators teaching online is the availability of “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs.” This very fine documentary on principled resistance to nuclear weapons is inexpensive enough to assign for viewing prior to on-line discussion.

Another post on the film’s relevance linking nuclear threat to our current COVID-19 crisis, with a suggested line of inquiry for reflection and discussion is forthcoming.

Film Synopsis

Nuclear disarmament activists challenge the security and legality of America’s nuclear weapons when they break into two top-secret facilities: The “Fort Knox of Uranium” and a U.S. Navy Trident nuclear submarine base.  Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world?

The film follows several activists, including an 82-year-old Catholic nun, who risk long jail terms in their efforts to move the world away from the nuclear brink.

Since 1980 activists in lay and religious life have undertaken dramatic Plowshares protests, derived from the biblical injunction, “They shall beat their swords into Plowshares,” risking long prison sentences in an ongoing campaign to move the world away from the nuclear brink.  This film follows two cases: the July 2012 break-in at the site known as America’s “Fort Knox of Uranium” where the intruders were an 82-year old Catholic nun and two fellow peace activists and the 2009 Plowshares action at a US naval base near Seattle, WA. It follows the activists’ legal efforts to justify their actions under international law and highlights the power of their moral conviction.

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