The three filmmakers who saved the world

A scene from the 1983 TV movie “The Day After.”(ABC Photo Archives / Disney via Getty Images) In the early 1980s, Lynne Littman was preparing her feature debut. She had already won an Oscar for her 1976 documentary short “Number Our Days,” about a community of elderly Jews in the L.A. neighborhood of Venice, but now she would tell a different story about the end of life, examining a mother and her children in the wrenching aftermath of a nuclear attack. Littman knew the subject matter would be a tough sell.

“I thought people would make fun of it,” Littman, […]

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