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COMMAND AND CONTROL, based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, will open in theatrically in New York exclusively at the Film Forum.

From the Academy Award-nominated director Robert Kenner (Food Inc.), and based on the critically acclaimed book of the same title by Eric Schlosser (writer of Fast Food Nation, producer of There Will Be Blood), COMMAND AND CONTROL will open theatrically in New York exclusively at the Film Forum on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016. Released by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FILMS/PBS, the feature-length documentary will open in select cities before making its broadcast premiere on PBS. The long-hidden story of a deadly 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, COMMAND AND CONTROL made its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

The chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. Featuring the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapons designers, and first responders who were on the scene, COMMAND AND CONTROL reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, COMMAND AND CONTROL forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

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