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Command and Control

From Robert Kenner, director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes a high-stakes documentary thriller—based on Eric Schlosser’s critically-acclaimed book of the same name—that reveals the deadly “human error” that led to a little-known accident at the Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. The chilling new documentary explores the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States—a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the frightening dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

 

Directed by Robert Kenner. Written by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser. Produced by Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels and Eric Schlosser.

 

* Discussion with filmmaker Robert Kenner follows screening.