For a World Free of Nuclear Weapons!
The Rio de Janeiro International Uranium Film Festival 2021 has awarded two in the world of nuclear disarmament known elder statesmen with the festival’s Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award: Sérgio Duarte (photo), former UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs who served Brazil as Ambassador in several countries and has dedicated his life to end the nuclear threat. And Emmy Award-Winning Producer and Director Robert Frye from New York City who created "The Nuclear World Project“ and directed two important documentaries on Nuclear Disarmament: „The Nuclear Requiem“ and „In My Lifetime“.
Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Robert E. Frye
Robert E. Frye is an Emmy award-winning producer of network news programs and independent documentaries for over five decades. He was born in Syracuse, NY USA, and studied political science and history at Hobart College. In 1958 he joined the U.S. Army. Frye worked on nuclear weapon planning while serving in Germany. The experience fostered a lifelong interest, which led him to create "The Nuclear World Project“.
Starting in the '60s the Emmy and Peabody Award winner worked in New York City; Toronto; Washington, D.C.and London. His credits at ABC News include Executive Producer of "Good Morning America" and "ABC World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings; senior Producer at CBC's Weekend, and as an independent director & producer of several films for public television which include "In My Lifetime" and "The Nuclear Requiem". Frye said, the obligation of his generation is to tell the story of nuclear weapons, to make clear the indescribable damage they have caused and their potential to end life on the planet entirely. http://www.thenuclearworld.org
Robert E. Frye says: "The recognition from the Uranium Film Festival comes as a completely unexpected surprise and may I say honor. The Festival trophy will be a reminder to me of the work ahead. Of course, may I say that the continuing work of Sergio Duarte is so important to the world, especially his words of wisdom and leadership over the years, now as the President of Pugwash International. The Uranium Film Festival is such a unique institution, with all the films chosen that honor the dedicated filmmakers, whose work appears in the Festival, calling the world's attention to the challenges dealing with the continuing presence of nuclear weapons, as well as, the conundrum of nuclear power. On the wall in my office I have the following quote from musician Leonard Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Thank you for providing the opportunity for all these stories to be told. Keep the bells ringing!"
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We thank Kathy Altman from PSR Arizona and Lucy Jane Santos, author of the book Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium) and Jim Torson from Flagstaff for their support and donations. The festival team also thanks its supporters in Rio de Janeiro: The Museum of Modern Art Cinematheque (MAM Rio) and Cachaça Magnífica de Faria.
We are grateful for the support by Peace Boat Foundation, ICAN, Nuclear News and Nuclear Hotseat in distributing the festival and its films. We also thank the journalists Cláudio Manhães and Verônica Lima from Rio. Special thanks to the volunteers of the Adolpho Bloch FAETEC State School for Film, TV, Tourism, Event management and Dance: Larissa Montenegro; Marcos Vinicius de Oliveira Pereira da Silva; Júlia Mendes; Wanderson Romão; Maria da Conceição; Nayara Lima e Bruno Lugão (egresso), Juan Giestas, Ícaro Vendruscolo, Ana Carolina Ribeiro e Aline Oliveira.
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