- From Hiroshima to Fukushima 8/14/2015 12:00:00 AM by Daniel Wiener
This is not just another Hiroshima Film, as you have seen them before. At first sight, it looks like a family history of the author Aya Domenig, whose grandmother's husband was a doctor in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb hit the city and killed over 100'000 people immediately. And it shows how it is still killing people today. But beyond that personal connection, other eyewitnesses, nurses and a doctor, appear on screen, explicitly and dramatically making the link between the "Little Boy" (as the bomb was banalised by the US Army) and the explosion in Block 3 at the Fukushima nuclear park in March 2011. The fight for freedom of information against authorities, who deliberately suppress facts appears to be the same today, as it was after World War II, when the US military censors hided the real and long term effects of radiation from the public. And so does the Japanese government deal with Fukushima today. This documentary lets the last living and engaged coevals of Hiroshima speak and make the connection between the two disasters. Impressive and thoughtfully composed, with astonishing pictures and lively 90-year-olds as main protagonists.