Monthly Classics



ひろしま (Hiroshima)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hiroshima © 独立プロ名画保存会 Dokuritsu Pro Meiga Hozonkai

Friday, January 19, 7 PM

Introduction with Mitchie Takeuchi, second generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) and member of Hibakusha Stories in NY, and Allison Pytlack, Programme Consultant for Reaching Critical Will (RCW), a member organization of The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipients of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Based on Children of the Atom Bomb, a book of testimonies by children who experienced the bombing of Hiroshima, Hideo Sekigawa's harrowing drama details the destruction and suffering left in the wake of the A-bomb for a group of students, teachers and their families. A direct indictment against nuclear war and the mistreatment of Hiroshima's stigmatized survivors, this independently produced and distributed film was funded by the Japan Teachers Union in an effort to "preserve peace" and utilized tens of thousands of Hiroshima citizens as extras, including many survivors. Recently rediscovered after decades of obscurity, Hiroshima is a major work of anti-war cinema and a chilling reminder of the consequences of nuclear warfare.

1953, 104 min., Blu-ray, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Hideo Sekigawa. With Eiji Okada, Yumeji Tsukioka, Takashi Kanda, Isuzu Yamada.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students / $5 Japan Society members

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