The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs (2018)


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 US Navy Trident nuclear submarine base.


Follows a community of peace activists, including two Catholic nuns and a Jesuit priest in their eighties, who are willing to go to prison, and even risk death, because of their deeply held conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral and violate international humanitarian law.

Since 1980 activists in lay and religious life have undertaken dramatic Plowshares protests in an effort to raise public consciousness on the growing threat posed by the world’s nuclear weapons. Through their actions the activists seeks to invoke the biblical injunction, “They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares”. This film follows two federal criminal cases against the activists for their protests: the July 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – home of the largest US stockpile of highly enriched uranium – and the 2009 break-in at the Kitsap Bangor US naval base near Seattle. The film documents the activists’ legal efforts to justify their actions under international humanitarian law and follows efforts at the United Nations to enforce the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and negotiate the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

You can find further information on the official website here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Helen Young.
  • Producer(s):
    • Helen Young … producer.
    • Roger Schulte … associate producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Helen Young.
  • Music:
    • Brian McKenna.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
    • Roger Schulte.
    • Sylvia Waliga.
    • Tom Schachte.
  • Production:
    • AMC Plus Documentaries.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Amazon.
    • YouTube.
  • Release Date: September 2018 (Global Peace Film Festival, US).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Running Time: 87 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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