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Film Screening Hiroshima & Talk

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Japanese with English subtitles

Venue:SOAS - University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

Sat 3rd August

11:30 Doors open

12:00 "Hiroshima"

14:00 discussion

15:00 "The Land of Hope"

17:15 closing

Free Entry (Donations Welcome)

Limited seat available

Also showing "The Land of Hope" Directed by Sion Sono (2012)

"Hiroshima" (1953, directed by Hideo Sekigawa) - is a film about the bombing of Hiroshima and it's after affects for the residents. More than 88,000 Hiroshima residents including students, parents, teachers and staff, as well as other ordinary citizens, voluntarilly joined the production as extras. The feeling was that we should not forget, or repeat this event.

Sixty eight years later, many Japanese people are asking why wasn't there more insight on the dangers of nuclear power and how has the country built 54 nuclear reactors, even though Japan is the only country to experience the horror of a nuclear bomb attack and now an on going nuclear meltdown in fukushima.

Passion of Miracle

Film HIROSHIMA is based on essays written by children who experienced and survived the bombing in Hiroshima. Children who became victims of the bombing, through often horrific injuries and loss of family members, express their feelings about this cruel event honestly and openly.

Production costs of the film were voluntarily donated by 500,000 teachers. Some Hiroshima citizens act and play extras in the film, and the film makers capture real passion and emotions in every shot.

HIROSHIMA, the film, gives emphasis to the preciousness of human life, and is a true and faithful expression of real people’s experiences and their hopes for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Time has passed, and a lot of people in the world have never known what happened in our human history. A new generation has yet to be told these stories, all connected by what happened under that nuclear cloud that spread out high into the sky above Hiroshima on that day.

Across borders and through time, I believe this film HIROSHIMA is an artefact of world heritage significance. More than a document of witness, it is a work of art that holds and articulates the voices of the victims of the senseless and needless bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When we listen to the victims speaking their histories, the message which emerges is the imperative to create and cherish real and meaningful human relationships. I would like to share the voices and the passion they have expressed in the process of making the film.

When we engage with the problems people of our world face today, such as Trident and Fukushima, the children’s stories in HIROSHIMA provide compelling evidence and ethical rigour to support the banning of nuclear weapons. By doing so, we can return our appreciation for their tremendous and selfless motives for producing this movie.

We, the unknown ordinary people, should stand up and make our voices heard with passion and determination. Let us continue the work started by the children who gave us their stories so we can know the truth of nuclear war. Let us carry forward their spirit of human dignity. At every turn, fight for peace. Abolish nuclear weapons and decommission nuclear power plants.

Film producer; Ippei Kobayashi

Supported by Kick Nuclear & London Region CND