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Strategic Trust: The Making of a Nuclear Free Palau (1984)

Actress Joanne Woodward narrates the story of an emerging Republic (Palau Islands) in America's Pacific Trust Territory as it tries to maintain History's first nuclear-free national constitution.

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James Heddle
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Stuart Beck Stuart Beck ... Himself - Former Legal Council Government of Palau
Roger Clark Roger Clark ... Himself - Rutgers University Law School
John Kenneth Galbraith John Kenneth Galbraith ... Himself - Economist
Ibedul Yutak Gibbons Ibedul Yutak Gibbons ... Himself - High Chief of Palau
Salvadora Katosang Salvadora Katosang ... Herself - Educator
Bernice Keldermans Bernice Keldermans ... Herself - Educator
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Dirramong Ngirkelau Dirramong Ngirkelau ... Herself
James Orak James Orak ... Himself
Haruo Remeliik Haruo Remeliik ... Himself - President, Republic of Palau
Mark Roberts Mark Roberts ... Himself - Harvard Social Economist
Belhaim Sakuma Belhaim Sakuma ... Himself - Palau Community Action Agency
Carlos Salii Carlos Salii ... Himself - Palauan Legislature
Lazarus Salii Lazarus Salii ... Himself - Palauan Ambassador
Alan Seid Alan Seid ... Himself - Assistant to High Chief of Palau
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Actress Joanne Woodward narrates the story of an emerging Republic (Palau Islands) in America's Pacific Trust Territory as it tries to maintain History's first nuclear-free national constitution.

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Country:

USA

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English

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October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Palau

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facing the facts
5 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

United States foreign policy can appear incredibly sinister when examined in the cold light of day. On the Micronesian island of Palau, an erstwhile tropical paradise placed under U.S. trusteeship after World War II, American military interests are protected by an often mind-boggling combination of economic dependency, political propaganda, and a program of indoctrination totally at odds with any concept of democracy or freedom. Thrust headlong and unprepared into the twentieth century, the pragmatic islanders responded by ratifying a constitution declaring Palau a nuclear-free zone, which of course virtually outlawed the U.S. Navy from its waters. Certain members of Congress have, understandably, vilified this award-winning documentary, most likely because it's almost impossible to ignore such a straightforward and matter-of-fact exposure of some very bitter facts. At the time the film was released U.S.-Palau relations were still mired in hopeless diplomacy, with the struggle for control of the tiny island nation lurching from one legal impasse to another.


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