A film screening event marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark 1991 documentary, No Harbour for War
Tuesday, November 1 • 7:00 pm • Room 105 • Schulich School of Law • Dalhousie University • 6061 University Avenue • Halifax • NS
No Harbour For War, chronicles the history of the City of Halifax and its intimate entwining with imperialist war, while also poignantly covering Halifax’s anti-war and anti-imperialist movement of the 1980s & 1990s. This event reclaims the historical memory and power of this broad and vibrant movement. A panel discussion featuring the film-makers and some of the more than 25 voices that appear in the documentary will discuss the legacy of Halifax’s anti-war movement and the current challenges that face today’s anti-war and peace forces.
Included in the film:
- The Founding of Halifax: The film describes the history of Halifax as a fortress town founded by the British in 1749 to direct its colonial wars against the French, the Mi’Kmaq, and the Americans for control of North America.
- The Halifax Explosion: Survivors tell the horror of that dreadful day of December 6, 1917 during W.W.I, when the collision of a munitions ship in the harbour created the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima. 2,000 dead, 10,000 injured, 25,000 homeless.
- Preparations for War: During the 1980’s, people protest against the escalating military spending, cuts to social programs, and the ominously increasing U.S. military presence with nuclear weapons, and nuclear-powered warships in Halifax harbour.
- The Persian Gulf War: Three Canadian warships leave Halifax on August 24, 1990, enroute to the Persian Gulf. In the most heavily militarized city in Canada, a movement to stop the impending war develops. Thousands of street demonstrators bring home the message that we must not allow a harbour for war.
The film will be followed by discussion with Producer / Director Chuck Lapp, Co-Director Bill McKiggan and anti-war activists featured in the film.
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