2022 Film Shorts for the 77th Anniversary
Monday August 8, 7 p.m. via Zoom
Left: Aerial photo of Trinity Test, New Mexico, 1945. Right: Runit Dome, Marshall Islands, containing over 3.1 million cu ft of radioactive waste, including lethal amounts of plutonium, the result of U.S. Cold War atomic testing.
The following short screenings will be followed by a discussion with university students from Kobe, Japan and Pittsburgh, PA plus representatives from Guam.
Peace Machine Journey (20 minutes). This film depicts the reality of the damage caused by the atomic bombings, the suffering of the atomic bomb survivors after the war, and the movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The current situation surrounding nuclear weapons is explored, based on the vast collection of materials in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
Every Nuclear Bomb Explosion in History (2.5 minutes). On July 16th, 1945, the United States conducted the world's first test of a nuclear weapon. Less than a month later, two bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, helping to bring about the end of World War II. No nuclear bombs have been used as weapons since the attacks on Japan, but thousands of tests have been conducted—primarily by the U.S. and U.S.S.R. throughout the Cold War.
Anointed (6 minutes). Acclaimed poet and activist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, explores the nuclear testing legacy of the Marshall Islands through the legends and stories of Runit Island.