A Bomb in the Basement (For personal view only)

A Bomb in the Basement (For personal view only)

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A Bomb in the Basement (For personal view only)
 

"A Bomb in the Basement" is the first documentary film that tells the story of the development of Israel's nuclear capability. It relates the story of the most complex, costly and secret project ever carried by Israel.

A Bomb in the Basement focuses at the French-Israeli nuclear connection and the U.S. administration unsuccessful effort to stop Israel from building The Bomb.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's creator, began to contemplate the Israeli ultimate deterrent in the early years of statehood. The lessons of the Holocaust and fears for Israel's survival persuaded Ben-Gurion that the state must have a defensive measure in the form of an ultimate deterrent,. He called it "life insurance" for the country.

Shimon Peres, who directed Israel's nuclear project in the nineteen fifties and sixties, reveals details about the nuclear agreement with France that enabled Israel to build Dimona's nuclear installations.



Televised Broadcasts:
Television networks in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Canada, Denmark and Israel. Arte (German-French Satellite TV) screened the documentary on June 4, 2002, under the German name: "Die Bombe im Keller, Die Israelische Atom-Option."

Reviews:
The Telegraph - By Inigo Gilmore (Filed: 23/12/2001) A television documentary in which Shimon Peres discloses for the first time details about Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons is to be broadcast in the Arab world.

Agence France-Presse - By Michael Adler (Filled July 18, 2004): Israel was given help in reactor design and construction from France, which in return received intelligence information on Algeria, said Israeli filmmaker Michael Karpin, who made a film about Israel's development of the bomb called "The Bomb in the Basement".

Reuters Features - Leaks and Peeks Key to Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity, By Dan Williams (Filed November 10, 2003). Michael Karpin whose documentary "A Bomb in the Basement" enjoyed unprecedented access to the nation's atomic architects and privileged files, attributed this to the fact the film was made shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States: "It seems Israel, fearing a new and yet-unknown global terror threat, decided it was time to reveal more of its own threats."

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation / Peace Magazine: Top Five List of Nuclear Secrets Revealed in 2002; Place Nr. 2: In a documentary, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres goes further than any other Israeli official in confirming that Israel has nuclear capability and discloses for the first time details about Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Film Festivals:
15th Dallas Video Festival, 2002
10th Toronto Jewish Film Festival
2002 Seattle Jewish Film Festival
2004 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
15th Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
2003 Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival in Detroit
2002 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Israeli Film Academy Final Competition.

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Format: DVD-R