Aya Domenig | Switzerland/Japan | 2015 | Documentary | 78 min | PG
This poetic film shares intimate stories of the cultural, physical and mental health effects of radioactive waste, through archival footage, family photographs, and interviews from doctors, nurses, and survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945. Filmmaker Aya Domenig is deeply connected to this story, as the granddaughter of a Red Cross doctor who travelled into Hiroshima the day of the bombing to offer his medical assistance. Domenig parallels the effects of that world changing event with the infamous nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima in 2011. This touching film offers viewers a humanistic glimpse into the nuclear issue that is central to Japan’s history, and which currently looms in the global political landscape.