When the U.S. government brought the world’s greatest scientists together to build the first atomic bomb, nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat was among them.
When the U.S. government brought the world’s greatest scientists together to build the first atomic bomb, nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat was among them. But his conscience would not allow him to continue, and he became the only member of the Manhattan Project to leave on moral grounds. Branded a traitor and spy, Rotblat went from designing atomic bombs to researching the medical uses of radiation. Together with Bertrand Russell he helped create the modern peace movement, and eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Strangest Dream tells the story of Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons, and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs - an international movement Rotblat co-founded - to halt nuclear proliferation.
Eric Bednarski, documentary film director, writer, producer, born in 1976 in Halifax, Canada. He lives and works in Warsaw. Born to a Polish father and a British / Canadian mother, Bednarski spent his childhood in the small Atlantic city of Halifax in Canada, where much of his mother’s family once lived. He first visited Poland at the age of three. His father, Leszek Bednarski, left Warsaw with a single suitcase in 1960. Bednarski cites his father as deeply influencing his later fascination with both Warsaw and Poland. Throughout his teenage years Bednarski developed a deep interest in history and filmmaking. He studied Polish history at York University in Toronto, graduating with an M.A. in 2002. He then coupled his passion for history with film by enrolling at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark where he specialised in documentary film. In 2002 Bednarksi worked with Polish documentary filmmaker Paweł Woldan for several months as an assistant on "Jestem Gotowy Na Wszystko" / "I’m ready for everything": a historical documentary for Polish television (TVP1). The Film deals with the life of well-known Polish priest and Solidarity activist Jerzy Popieluszko, murdered by the Communist regime's secret police in 1984. Woldan and Bednarski were to reunite in 2005 on another film for Polish television called "Ostatni Swiadek" / "The Last Witness".
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