Finding the power to forgive

MEMORY: Weaving audio and video recordings, archival images, and re-enactments, an innovative documentary give a first-person account of the Hiroshima bombing.
Producer: Nini Le Huynh
Country: USA

As time passes, tragic historical events remain, at first, in the vivid memory of the survivors and the people who lived them at the time. Then, pieces of such stories are sometimes passed to their children. Other times, they are very often not, as many people from past generations learned not to speak about their pain. Travelling in bits and pieces from one generation to another – how much of the dimension and vividness of that reality can survive and be a tangible lesson for generations after? How do we ensure we don’t forget so we do not repeat history – as people growing up removed from such realities and perhaps with a sense that the past is far away? Based on a true story of surviving the Hiroshima bombing, J.R. Heffelfinger made a film that has exactly that power – to bring that past to present, a painful but so necessary reminder of what has happened, and also a reminder about the strength of the human spirit in the most dreadful times.

A hot day ahead

Shinji Mikamo and his father were about to dismantle the family home at the request of the government to help control fires caused by bombings. Shinji’s father was too old to manage the preparations . . .

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Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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