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Upcoming Netflix Documentary Series Features Fresno State Profs
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March 8, 2024

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 Fresno State professors participated on-camera and behind the scenes on a new Netflix documentary on the Cold War and its impacts.

“Turning Point: The Bomb and The Cold War” debuts on Netflix on Tuesday, the same day the Colleges of Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities will hold a special screening on campus.

The interview subjects range from survivors of the atomic bomb, the Hibakusha, to former and current world leaders.


Fresno State’s faculty will be on display beginning Tuesday when the nine-episode docuseries “Turning Point: The Bomb and The Cold War” premieres globally on Netflix.

To celebrate the documentary and the participation of two Fresno State professors tied to the project, a special screening will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, presented by the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities.

Fresno State history professor Dr. Lori Clune will be featured in the documentary as a historian and expert on the Cold War.

“As a historian of modern U.S. history, I firmly believe that there are many lessons we can learn from the fascinating and disturbing history of the Cold War. I was proud to be interviewed for this thought-provoking documentary,” Clune said.

Assistant Professor Worked as Co-Producer

Clune isn’t the only Fresno State expert working on the documentary. Assistant Professor Hanayo Oya from Fresno State’s Department of Media, Communications and Journalism worked as a co-producer.

As co-producer, her job was extensive. Oya developed content and structure, conducted research, secured interviews, coordinated filming schedules, and oversaw editing and post-production.

From Luminant Media and director Brian Knappenberger, “Turning Point: The Bomb and the Cold War” features interviews with over 100 people in seven different countries, interweaving their stories to show the rippling effects of the Cold War. The interview subjects range from survivors of the atomic bomb, the Hibakusha, to former and current world leaders.

The documentary not only touches on the immediate devastation wrought by the atomic bombs and the Cold War but also sheds light on the insidious effects and lesser-known aftermath of both. The project showcases the human toll and unspoken “burden” survivors of the Cold War have faced.

“Journalism is aligned with my values. It serves as a powerful tool for holding those in positions of power accountable for their actions and shedding light on injustices,” Oya said. “I consider journalism and documentary filmmaking to be two of the most exciting professions on this planet, and I feel so fortunate to be able to pursue both as my career. In the same vein, I feel grateful to help aspiring journalists and storytellers [at Fresno State] find their voices through my teaching.”

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