No Harbour For War is a film about the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is a document of their history and current struggle against war. It is one of the first films to examine the issues underlying the opposition to the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
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.
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