ANNOUNCEMENT: U.S. Premiere of the Film Helens War: Portrait of a
Supervisors, District 5
I am honored
to invite you to a benefit event for the
Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI), founded by Dr. Helen
Caldicott, one of my personal life-long heroines, on Friday, May 20, 7:30
pm, at the Castro Theatre, in San Francisco.
The event is
the U.S. premiere of the film
Helens War: Portrait of a Dissident. This is an important and
provocative film about Dr. Caldicott, the single most articulate and
passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and
environmental crises, who has devoted the last 36 years to an
international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of
the nuclear age.
viewing of the film, Amy Goodman and Dr. Caldicott will take the stage for
a public conversation and dialogue about Helens work. Amy was inspired to
do her work as a young woman after hearing Helen speak. Julia
Butterfly-Hill will speak, as well as a special friend and ally of the
Nuclear Policy Research Institute.
This is a
one-time opportunity to see these three women together, each of a
different generation, each fiercely determined to save lives and democracy
and ensure the health of the planet.
Set against the explosive backdrop of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars,
Helen's War asks whether dissidents have a place in post-9/11 America.
Playing the reluctant cynic, Anna tracks Dr. Caldicott as she promotes her
latest book, The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's
Military-Industrial Complex, attempts to raise one million dollars to
launch NPRI, and battles spin-savvy neoconservatives for mainstream
airtime. As the bombs begin to rain on Baghdad, Dr. Caldicott and Anna's
relationship intensifies, and we discover the woman behind the crusade: an
intractable yet vulnerable campaigner, an imperfect yet fearless prophet
who monkeys around with her grandchildren and rejuvenates herself in the
Australian wilderness in between looking for new ways to steer us away
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Christopher Reeve, Martin Sheen, Ari Fleischer,
Senator Edward Kennedy, Andrew Denton, and Midnight Oil.
Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction (Documentary) 2004,
and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Documentary in 2004.
The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) was established to educate
the American public through the mass media about the greatest single
threat to our country's and indeed the world's public health, namely
the profound medical, environmental, political, and moral consequences of
perpetuating nuclear weapons, power, and waste. NPRI is led by Dr. Helen
Caldicott. NPRI seeks to create a consensus of commitment to end the
nuclear age by mounting public education campaigns, establishing a
pervasive presence in the mainstream media, and sponsoring high-profile
$25 for the event ($15.00 student/seniors), and $100 for the film and
reception following the film with Dr. Caldicott, Amy Goodman, and Julia
contact Regina Dick-Endrizzi at (415) 865-5497 or