Oppenheimer’s Movie, Humanizing the Inhumane

Oppenheimer's Movie, Humanizing the Inhumane

Let me share my thoughts on the movie Oppenheimer, which I attended on its opening night in Palo Alto at the 7:00 PM showing. As a disabled individual, I was assigned seat E2 and had to sit in the handicapped seat located on top of the theater, as using the stairs was not an option for me.

When I purchased my ticket online from the Emerson St theater  in Palo Alto, their website indicated that the movie was nearly sold out. However, upon arrival, I was surprised to see that the occupancy was only around 75% at best. This experience reminded me of how certain organizations manipulate ticket sales, such as the Church of Scientology’s bulk purchases of Tom Cruise movies or movie production houses giving away tickets for free reviews to create a buzz. 

In my opinion, Oppenheimer glorifies individuals responsible for the creation of weapons of mass destruction. The film attempts to humanize their actions, which resulted in events such as Trinity, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and over 1000 nuclear tests in the US alone. Unfortunately, the movie fails to reflect on the impact these actions had on the victims of atomic blasts, the victims in Japan, the victims of nuclear energy accidents, or even the 1000 tests themselves. Ultimately, it is three hours of disjointed theater that overlooks the true consequences.

It is disheartening to think that our society, with over $800 billion spent on the military, has cultivated a generation fascinated by violence and technology, supporting movies like this. I have no doubt that it will receive awards, accolades, and generate significant streaming income. It seems both Hollywood and the tech industry excel at profiting from the war machine, essentially making blood money.

However, there is an alternative response to this movie. We are organizing an event to commemorate the anniversary of Hiroshima Day, which claimed the lives of 160,000 people. The event will feature a Hiroshima Survivor, as well as representatives from Roots Action, Common Dreams, Veterans For Peace, The Church of Fellowship of All People, and four talented comedians and musicians. Rather than glorifying individuals like Oppenheimer, our event aims to initiate meaningful discussions and even find humor in their inhuman actions. I invite you to join us for the Harmony for Humanity Hiroshima Day Event.  

Please join us for the event on August 6th at 6:00 PM.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my review and invitation.


Vahid Razavi 

Mr. Tanimori 


Harmony for Humanity: Uniting for Peace on Hiroshima Day

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Starts on  6PM , Pacific
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Harmony for Humanity:
Uniting for Peace on Hiroshima Day


About This Event

This unique gathering brings together a diverse lineup of talent, including five hilarious comedians, four inspiring speakers and a captivating musician, all driven by a shared commitment to promote world peace.

Through laughter, thought-provoking discussions and soul-stirring melodies, this event aims to create a space where the power of humor, ideas, and music converge to facilitate important conversatios surrounding nuclear disarmament and the preservation of human rights. Together we will explore the impact of Hiroshima bombing and its lasting consequences on both the survivors and the world at large.

Our incredible comedians will infuse the evening with laughter, using their witty and insightful humor to shed light on serious topics, break down barriers, and encourage meaningful dialogue. They will remind us that even in the face of adversity, laughter can be a catalyst for change and essential tool for healing.

Date and time

Sunday, August 6, 2023
Starts on 6 , Pacific



Will Durst

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice-overs, and most especially, stand up comedy, into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. His abiding motto is, "You can't make stuff up like this." The New York Times calls him "possibly the best political comic in the country." Fox News agrees "he's a great political satirist," while the Oregonian hails him as a "hilarious stand-up journalist.

Chloe McGovern

has performed at major clubs throughout New York City and the country, including The Comedy Cellar Underground, The Stand, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's, The Hollywood Improv, and The Laugh Factory, among others.

Franchesca Fiorentini

Correspondent and stand-up comedian. Host of Newsbroke and The Bitchuation Room Podcast.

Annette Mullaney

is a San Francisco-based comic who's performed all over the country, from SF Sketchfest and Austin's Out of Bounds Festival to the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival, and recently opened for Third Eye Blind. Originally from Michigan, she lived in Syria for several years and has been a software engineer, translator, and writer for a magazine that she now realizes was a money-laundering front for the cousin of a dictator.



Helen Jaccard

has been crew, public speaker and the Project Manager of the Veterans For Peace "Golden Rule" sailboat and Project since 2015. She is also a member of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. Helen is an author and activist, educating the b public about the environmental and cultural impacts of war, militarism and the nuclear industry.

Dr. Dorsey Blake

serves as Presiding Minister of The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples and Faculty Associate at the Pacific School of Religion. He is also a member of the Coordination Committee of the National Committee of Elders.

Norman Solomon

is an American journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and former U.S. congressional candidate. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). In 1997 he founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, which works to provide alternative sources for journalists, and serves as its executive director. Solomon's weekly column, "Media Beat", was in national syndication from 1992 to 2009.

Brett Wilkins

is a San Francisco-based writer and activist whose work focuses on issues of war and peace, and human rights. He is a staff writer at Common Dreams and a member of the international socialist writers' group Collective 20.

Mr. Takashi Tanemori

Takashi Thomas Tanemori was born in December 1937, in Hiroshima Japan. His father taught him, as the first born son, the Samurai Code, to guide him during many years of searching. After surviving the bombing of Hiroshima, less than a mile from ground zero, losing his parents, and living with relatives, he emigrated to the the Central Valley of California as a teenager. Through a series of events, he learned English, graduated from Baptist Seminary in Minnesota, married and had 3 children. Along with authoring his life story in “Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness” he has become a speaker for school, university, and spiritual multi-faith gatherings to share his story of Peace through Forgiveness.


José is the Community Manager at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 1990, he experienced United States war from the other side, visiting his family in Panamá while it was under US occupation. He has organized against war and militarism ever since. At EFF, he has worked on teams focused on police, carceral, and border technologies.


Mike Rufo's

songs and poems arc across the waves of life. His music is gripping and eclectic, reflecting his impassioned engagement with the world. Mike's musical language builds upon powerful lyrics, soaring vocals, driving rhythms, and melodic riffs that explore emotional depths and transformation. He also mixes things up with a knack for well-conceived parody, with a dash of political punch, like his popular singles Hit the Road, Trump! and Spyin' Eyes.

Host and Panel Discussions

Vahid Razavi

Vahid Razavi Founded Ethics In Technology 10 years ago and is now the Founder of No Ethics In Big Tech, is the author of two books, The Age of Nepotism and Ethics in Tech and Lack Thereof. As a lifelong activist and humanitarian, he has produced hundreds of videos on various social issues, including Ethics In Technology, Silicon Valley, regional politics, poverty, war, and social injustice. This event is not financed, endorsed or supported in any way by any government, for-profit, or nonprofit corporation. It is 100% grassroots and supported by attendees.

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