‘The Man Who Saved the World’ documentary
This is a documentary project being funded (attempted, at this point) by Kickstarter. It revolves around a man who potentially saved the world at the height of the Cold War in the ’80s from an all-out nuclear war in the Soviet Union.
At the heart of “The Man Who Saved the World” stands Stanislav Petrov, the Russian Lt. Colonel, who sacrificed everything by disobeying the chain of nuclear launch commands; changing the fate of the world as we know it.
Few people know of him…yet conceivably hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, is credited with preventing the start of World War III and the nuclear devastation of much of the Earth.
On September 26, 1983 he was the commanding officer on duty at the Soviet nuclear early warning center, when the system falsely reported the launching of five nuclear missiles from the United States. In the harrowing moments that followed, Petrov overruled the system’s warning, personally declaring that it was a false alarm. This monumental decision prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western allies.
This false nuclear attack warning is cited by CIA analyst Peter Pry as “the single most dangerous incident of the early 1980s.”
The Soviet military did not reward or honor Stanislav Petrov for his actions. His once promising military career had come to an end. Like a Greek tragedy, he looses everything; his job, his wife, his dignity.