White Light/Black Rain Screened On The Motoyasu River, Hiroshima, August 6th

On August 6th 2009, the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in the closing stages of the Second World War, Tomoko Watanabe of ANT-Hiroshima organized a showing of Steven Okazaki’s documentary film, White Light/Black Rain.

Motoyasu River, Hiroshima
Motoyasu River, Hiroshima

The film was screened in the evening on the Motoyasu River, Hiroshima, in front of the A-Bomb Dome. A screen was set up on top of one of the riverboats.

The Lantern Ceremony on the Motoyasu River.
The Lantern Ceremony on the Motoyasu River.

As the film was being screened, commemorative lanterns for the repose of the dead floated down the river. People gathered on the river bank in front of the A-Bomb Dome to watch the film.

If you have not had a chance to see White Light/Black Rain, here is some footage from the film, showing hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) giving testimonies. Steven Okazaki also talks about the film.

Click the link to read a review of White Light/Black Rain.


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