1983. The height of the Cold War. Stanislav Petrov is the man with his finger on the button when Russian radars intercept what appear to be five American nuclear missiles heading straight towards Russian soil. With alarm bells ringing and panic spreading, will Petrov fire back and start a nuclear world war, or break protocol and trust instead the gut instinct that tells him it’s a false alarm.
You may never have heard of Petrov, but his actions on 26 September 1983 saved us from World War III, sparing the lives of millions. Yet, decades later we find him a ruined man, forgotten and struggling, his life unravelling around him. When he is unexpectedly invited to New York to speak at the UN, Petrov embarks on a spectacular journey, finally receiving the recognition he deserves and starting to come to terms with the past.
The Man Who Saved The World powerfully combines stunning reconstruction of the past and real-life filming today, expertly interweaving the two into a nerve-tingling cold war thriller and an extraordinary warning to avoid the mistakes of the past.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month we will be showing the second of a series of short docs before the film on Friday 15th May.
LOST EVERY DAY
Michelle Coomber / 2010 / USA - UK / 10’
A woman gets lost every day of her life, in the Denver streets she’s lived in for 20 years, even in her own home. When she wakes each morning, her walls seem to have moved overnight. Her world becomes different in the blink of an eye.
Find out more and see the full programme HERE
The Q&A following the screening will now be with the film's producer, Jakob Staberg.
Official selection: Hot Docs
Official selection: CPH:DOX