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The Saltwater Decision:

In an atmosphere of social change chilled by the Cold War and Vietnam, the world watched in awe as a tiny fishing trawler set out from Vancouver to stop the US military under Richard Nixon from detonating a nuclear bomb forty times stronger than Hiroshima on Alaska's Amchitka Island.

This audacious mission was the brainchild of a group of activists including maverick journalist Bob Hunter and Irving Stowe, a 55 year-old OSS (forerunner of the CIA) lawyer turned Quaker peacenik. Hunter was a child of the times, a mystic and a dreamer, a charismatic daredevil and showman; Stowe was an old-school organizer, methodical and dedicated, a family man and teetotaler. Their clash of wills and egos threatened to scuttle the operation before it began. But once the crew took to the sea, braving storms, evading U.S. officials, and spiraling into tragic-comic bouts of paranoia and infighting, something happened that Hunter and Stowe could never have dreamed of: they captured the imagination of the world.

Set in chaotic and colorful 1971, The Saltwater Decision is inspired by events leading up to the foundation of Greenpeace, and is an affectionate and unflinching drama about a ragtag group of stubborn and passionate citizens who took a stand for what they believed in.

Writer: Aubrey Nealon (A Simple Curve)

Locations: Vancouver, coastal British Columbia, and the Aleutian Archipelago


 


 

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