Says the Hollywood Reporter via Risky Business: “Producer Lawrence Bender, Participant exec Diane Weyermann and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan [also known as Lisa Najeeb Halaby] hosted a luncheon for a handful of journalists Friday to discuss the nuclear non-profileration documentary “Countdown to Zero,” directed by Lucy Walker.”
Debuting on July 23rd, the film premiered at Sundance and is eligible of Academy Award nomination. Bender and Participant brought Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth doco to the world for Paramount Vantage grossing $41.6 million in sales and winning Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2006.
After their Global warming film that garnered Gore a Nobel Peace Prize, the team knew that the threat of ‘nuclear weapons’ is the second greatest threat on the planet. Queen Noor, who is also a leader of Global Zero and a spokesperson for non-proliferation around the world, suggested that the film undergo another edit to be less America-centric.
She arranged screenings at the U.N., in Mumbai, Delhi, Paris and Washington for intelligence community and state dignitaries. It has been 20 years that arms reduction has been a trend, and New Zealand Prime Minister, David Lange was a key figure in the last round of nuclear weapons reduction advocacy in the world.
Queen Noor, remembers undergoing duck-and-cover drills while attending elementary school in Santa Monica. “Countdown to Zero references that global movement to eradicate all nuclear arms, and Global Zero’s scientists, engineers and scholars have compiled an action plan designed to accomplish that via a phased, verifiable process over 20 years.”
“Countdown to Zero” references that global movement to eradicate all nuclear arms, and Global Zero’s scientists, engineers and scholars have compiled an action plan designed to accomplish that via a phased, verifiable process over 20 years.
Queen Noor goes on to say “I look at this from the perspective of trying to promote understanding between the Middle East, the Arab and Muslim world, and the West over the past 35 years. I’ve given a million speeches! But, it’s the visual images, it’s the storytelling, it’s the ability to draw people into the reality of a situation that affects all of us regardless of our nationality, our religion, our ethnicity, our political orientation. There is no more effective way. This [film] is the most powerful tool in the arsenal.” –Gosh, Queen Noor has such a way with words. She’s so right about film being a powerful medium for Peace. Go girl!
Well said via Risky Business. [Image courtesy of Cinema Verite. Countdown To Zero Publicity Pic courtesy of This Blog]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.13.2010~
HUMOR: AN ANTI-NUCLEAR WEAPONS TEE SHIRT FOR QUEEN NOOR
I saw this tee shirt in a shop window in West Hollywood. Immediately I thought of Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and her non-proliferation stance of nuclear weapons campaign with her endorsement of Countdown to Zero, a documentary film.
When you think about it, the seven nations who possess nuclear weapons, are all (largely) led by men. Apologies for that. Because, the future of the world, for the sake of a few men who mistake the adrenalin rush of a nuclear arm’s race, for good leadership–our world could be in jeopardy if nuclear weapons production isn’t stopped. It only takes one of the 7 lads in question, to lose their senses–and the whole world suffers. I think the planet has suffered enough, don’t you? The nuclear weapons game, is based on a lie, that we can even afford to play it. None of us can.
So, here’s to a Queen who knows how to switch it up–take on the boys, and rise above them all, with her message of Peace. She is so intelligent. As a leader, she brings a smile as she makes new rules for world leaders by leading in a better way.
This tee shirt amused me today for that reason. She’s not bad for a girl from Santa Monica, I must say!
[Image of Queen Noor courtesy of Love Habibi.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.21.2010~
Posted by horiwood on June 22, 2010 in Humor, Jordan, Leadership, Politics, West Hollywood, World Peace
Tags: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Humor, Jordan, Leadership, Lisa Najeeb Halaby, Politics, Pop Culture Commentary, West Hollywood, World Peace