Non-Fiction Screening Series: The Arrow of Time

October 23


Basilica Hudson North Hall
110 South Front St., Hudson, NY 12534

We are honored to present a FREE screening The Arrow of Time by Leila Conners, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Conners. Doors 6PM, screening 7PM.

“When the last person who remembers the horrors of the last war dies; the next war is inevitable.” Or is it?

Directed by Leila Conners and produced by Mathew Schmid

The Arrow of Time tracks the events leading up to and proceeding the fall of the Berlin Wall through the eyes of the cold warriors who played central roles spanning from World War II, to the Cold War and the post-Cold War arrangements between the United States, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. Through it all we are reminded by nuclear holocaust survivor Setsuko Thurlow of the terrors of nuclear weapons and why we need to find international political arrangements that assure long-term peace and stability.

Featuring President Mikhail Gorbachev, former head of the Soviet Union; George Shultz, former US Secretary of State; Horst Teltschik, former advisor to Federal German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Hubert Vedrine, Secretary General to French President Mitterrand; Graham Allison, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense; Alexander Likhothal, Advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev; Joseph Nye, US Assistant Secretary of Defense; and Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor

Premiered at the Zurich International Film Festival 2017.



Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories.

Leila most recently directed Ice on Fire for HBO, with Leonardo DiCaprio producing, that premiered in Cannes 2019.  Previous to Ice on Fire, Leila directed a documentary on Gorbachev titled The Arrow of Time that premiered at the Zurich International Film Festival 2017.  Prior to that, she directed We the People 2.0, a feature doc about community and nature rights that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.  Leila has also directed short film series for a total of 18 short films.  Series include Digital Wampum – Testimony of the Iroquois; Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta for Lexus; Green World Rising narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; and 2 shorts on Biomimicry with Janine Benyus.  The first, Biomimicry, premiered at SXSWeco.  Leila produced a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. Leila’s first feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, was co-created with Leonardo DiCaprio. She has written a feature film script for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on the state of the oceans. 

Leila has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri Shimbun and Wired Magazine among others. Projects over the last 10 years with Tree Media Group include work with the Council on Foreign Relations, NASA, JPL, Norman Lear, Green Cross International, Harvard University, and Hollywood studios among others. Her article on “Death and American Culture” was published in War, Media and Propaganda, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Prior to Tree Media, Leila was Associate Editor of NPQ/New Perspectives Quarterly, an international journal of social and political thought, and Associate Editor of Global Viewpoint of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, an internationally distributed op-ed column that reaches 200 papers. At NPQ, she interviewed thinkers and policy makers including: Kofi Annan, Nafis Sadik, Betty Friedan, Hans Bethe, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Boutros Boutros Ghali among others. She is now Editor-at-Large for NPQ.

In 1991, Leila translated Jacques Attali’s book from the French for Random House entitled, Millennium. Leila is often invited to speak on issues of sustainability and the environment and has served on panels nationally and internationally.  She received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from the American University of Paris. 


Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Alexander And Marjorie Hover Foundation.