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Hiroshima Bound
A film by Martin Lucas
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HIROSHIMA BOUND is a personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It follows the obscure histories of specific photos and photographers, both Japanese and American, who visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the aftermath of the bombings, counterposing this visual legacy with the stories of survivors, whose practice of speaking to small groups of students offers a modest but powerful counter-history to the official record.

The film uses its maker's own legacy as a child of the Atomic Age to look at the complexity of the representation of mass death, and the role of the archive in the digital era, taking viewers to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley, the International Center of Photography in New York, and to contemporary Hiroshima, in order to explore and 'unpack' the trauma and myth surrounding the culture of Hiroshima representation.

"A film that is both personal and universal. Very powerful ... Poetic and gripping."Peter Kuznitz, Director, Nuclear Studies Institute, American University

"A daunting and haunting project ... extraordinarily moving and simultaneously elucidating. The attention to the construction of the bomb and the images of the effects of the bomb is formidable."Lynne Sachs, filmmaker (Your Day is My Night)

"There is no doubt this is an important document about our times and lives, which should both motivate and humble us all."Joke van Kampen, journalist and anti-nuclear activist

2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest MarketPlayer
2016 TrueDoc Documentary Film Festival 2016
2015 University Film & Video Festival 2015

56 minutes / color
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2015
Sale: $348

Subject areas:
American Studies, Asian Studies, Cinema Studies, Conflict Resolution, East Asia, History (World), Japan, Nuclear Issues, Political Science, World War II

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