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Hiroshima Bound

It's my bomb. It's been waiting for me for 60 years.

Overview

Genre
Personal Doc, Human Rights, and History
Synopsis

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.

Stage
finished

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Martin Lucas Media
Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2015
Locations
Ground Zero Hiroshima, International Center of Photography Archives NYC, White Sands Missile Proving Grounds NM

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Festivals
2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest MarketPlayer; 2016 TrueDoc Documentary Film Festival; 2015 University Film & Video Festival 2015
Distribution
US distribution Icarus Films, NY
Language
English
Subtitles
Spanish

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