New Documentary Shows How One Man Saved the World

As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote on the controversial Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal, a powerful new documentary feature film entitled The Man Who Saved the World – which plays like a Hollywood thriller and is an actual, incredible, untold true story with nuclear war the forefront – is set to open in select cities across the country next month.

EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk looks forward to an interview with lead Michael Douglas and director Peter Anthony.

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Documentary Shows How Worldwide Nuclear Disaster Was Avoided

The film details how one man’s decision to not follow protocol saved the world from certain nuclear apocalypse and the enduring, personal hardships he has since desperately sought to overcome. The film, and its subject Russian Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov, tells the haunting and chilling events of September 26th, 1983 when all Soviet satellite warning systems indicated that the United States was launching a full-scale nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The Man Who Saved the World, by Danish director Peter Anthony, will be released in theaters beginning Friday, September 18, 2015 at Cinema Village in New York City and Clinton Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

“I often get the chance to play heroes. But Stanislav is a true real-life hero.” ~Kevin Costner

On Friday, September 25, the film will open at Arena Screen in Los Angeles and Cinema Detroit in Detroit, Michigan. More theaters nationwide TBA soon. The film, and its subject, Russian Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov, brings attention to the extreme dangers posed by countries that keep nuclear weapons on hair-trigger, or "ready-launch" alert. To this day, hundreds of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads are kept ready to launch within minutes. The film recently played theatrically internationally to strong reviews in the United Kingdom and Denmark, and is set for its US debut during disarmament week and International Peace Day at the United Nations. During this week the Pope will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York about Nuclear Disarmament and on Capital Hill in Washington DC.

In the U.S. the film won Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature and Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature, at Woodstock Film Festival presented by Darren Aronofsky to first time filmmaker Anthony; won best feature film at the Sunscreen Film Festival; and was the first film to sell out all its screenings at HotDocs in Toronto. In Europe it screened at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, where organizers added five additional screenings due to audience demand, and won the Audience Award at DocVille in Belgium.

“The Man Who Saved The World…combines elements of narrative and documentary filmmaking for a true and powerful story about (and starring, as himself) Stanislov Petrov, who actually averted a nuclear holocaust but remained unknown, until now.” ~Mitch Myers, The Hollywood Reporter

The Man Who Saved the World Synopsis

On September 26th, 1983, an alarm sounded to indicate that five American nuclear missiles had been launched against the Soviet Union. Russian Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov defied military protocol, ignoring the incoming attack that was being confirmed by all his warning systems. He followed his own sense of responsibility and declared it a false alarm. His decision spared the world a nuclear holocaust. Decades later, this forgotten hero travels to the United States to accept an award from the United Nations and finally receive acknowledgement for his historical act. The Man Who Saved the World becomes a dramatic hybrid documentary; a historical thriller, and a story of great, personal redemption. It seamlessly melds together non-fiction and narrative filmmaking depicting the actual events that took place more than thirty years ago. Stanislav Petrov reminds us how close the world came to World War III - but, he also challenges us to contemplate the true alternative to his choice: The complete annihilation of human life on earth.

The Man Who Saved the World features Kevin Costner with appearances by Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Ashton Kutcher.

The Man Who Saved the World Trailer

Filmmaker's Statement

This film is about a miracle. A miracle that saved humankind and our fragile planet. It is about a man, acting justly, when civilization was at the brink and all life as we know it was at stake. We wanted to make sure that the world got to know Stanislav Petrov’s story, because everyone was effected by his decision. He may not look the part, but he is the only modern hero that matters. He saved us all.

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