Film screening of 'The Man Who Saved The World'

Date & time

6–8.30pm Monday 19 October 2015


Auditorium, Australian Centre for China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane, The  Australian National University


Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AM, Dr Sue Wareham OAM and Professor Simon Rice


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Film screening

‘Nuclear disarmament is one of the greatest legacies we can pass on to future generations.’ 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

ANU Law Reform and Social Justice warmly invite you to the Canberra premiere of Peter Anthony’s The Man Who Saved The World.

For a few crucial moments on September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the fate of the world in his hands.

When an alarm suddenly went off at Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting to a report that five American nuclear missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Rather than retaliate, Stanislav followed his gut feeling and went against protocol, convincing the armed forces that it was a false alarm. His decision saved the world from a potential devastating nuclear holocaust.

In 2006, Petrov received an award at the United Nations,where he was acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past. 

Shot in the former Soviet Union and the United States, The Man Who Saved the World shines a light on nuclear disarmament. It shows how precarious our world has become in the nuclear age and how our own belief in humanity and each other is the hope that we must foster in order to survive and thrive.

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AM is the Founding Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Nobel Peace Prize, 1985).

Dr Sue Wareham OAM is the Vice-President and ACT Coordinator, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia), Member of the Board, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Member of the Management Committee in Australia of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. 

Professor Simon Rice is the Director of Law Reform and Social Justice at the ANU College of Law. As Director, he explores law’s complex role in society, and the part that lawyers play in using and improving law to promote social justice.

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