Shinsedai Festival: Hiroshima Nagasaki Download

Title: Hiroshima Nagasaki Download
Director: Shinpei Takeda
MPAA Rating: NR
Running time: 72 min.

Everyone knows about the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but not too many people can really understand it; feel it. Director Shinpei Takeda strives to give us just that: a more sympathetic view to the historic event(s) that killed hundreds of thousands of people in 1945.

The film makers travel from city to city along the west coast of The United States interviewing survivors (hibakusha) of the blasts. The memories and emotions run high for these survivors; even now 65+ years later, as they recount the terrible things they saw and the feelings those memories can dig up.

The filmmakers also learn a bit about themselves and how their relationship with the history of their native land compares to that of the older generation. While not all that well put together from a visual or craftsman perspective, Hiroshima Nagasaki Download does offer some insight into a well known, but not all that well understood, event in human history.

Hiroshima Nagasaki Download screens this Sunday, July 15th at 1:30pm.

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I need this for my classroom, since I teach about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I look forward to seeing this.

Sean Kelly

This was probably my favourite film of the six I managed to see during the festival. There was a great post-screening discussion with a real Hiroshima survivor living in Toronto.