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Title: HIROSHIMA IN 2013

Reference number: 12497

Date: 2013

Director: d. Yushin Toda

Production company: japan desk scotland

Sound: sound

Original format: unknown

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 21.54 mins

Description: Documentary about the legacy and impact of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and its relationship with the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.

Credits: p. Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, japan desk scotland
comm. w. Yushin Toda
ph. Fumi Nakabachi
ed. Hajime Kobayashi, (Colin Brierley)
m. Marius Pirhonen

Shotlist: Filmmaker's synopsis:

“I saw everything in Hiroshima.” “You saw nothing in Hiroshima.” - This dialogue is repeated in ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour,’ a 1959 film by Alain Resnais. What do you see in Hiroshima, particularly after the Fukushima nuclear accident of March 2011?

A visit was made to Hiroshima in the summer of 2013. After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and walking around the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the pledge placed at the Cenotaph is pondered: “Let all the souls rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.” Who are ‘we’ who ‘shall not repeat the evil?’ What is ‘the evil’? Whose ‘evil’? Hiroshima City Council states that the pledge was made ‘on behalf of all humanity,’ but are people in japan entitled to do so? In the Park, there is a monument in memory of the Korean victims of the A-bomb. It reads: “The Korean victims were given no funerals or memorial services and their spirits hovered for years unable to pass on to heaven.”

japan’s nuclear power generation followed the ‘Atom for Peace’ policy of the United States. Hiroshima survivors had supported the policy for decades, but after the Fukushima accident some survivors voiced their views against nuclear power generation. An interview was carried out with two anonymous Hiroshima citizens: “What do you think about Fukushima in relation to Hiroshima?”

Two anonymous Hiroshima citizens.