NEW YORK, (PRWEB) August 3, 2005
THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB, Richter ProductionsÂ new feature documentary, premieres Aug. 11 in Japan at the Nagasaki Atom Bomb Museum to commemorate that day in 1945 when the bomb dropped, nearly destroying the city and its people. The 90-minute production focuses on a survivor whose life work is to tell this story and on the young people who are carrying on her legacy.
THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB documents a number of issues including the still controversial decision to use the bomb on Nagasaki, the censorship of stories one month after the bombing by an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the seven-year Press Code that barred any media reports within Japan about the bomb or its effects, the discrimination against survivors by other Japanese, the build-up of nuclear weapons during the Cold War, the anti-nuclear movement, and todayÂs nuclear proliferation issue.
Both veteran producer Robert RichterÂtwice an Academy Award nominee for best documentaryÂand first-time co-producer Kathleen Sullivan will be at the screening. The chief cinematographer is Alan Jacobsen, with editor Peter Kinoy (State of Fear) and music by Matt Hauser (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). U.S. theatrical and other distribution arrangements are being explored.
THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB relays the story of 10-year-old Sakue Shimohira hiding in a shelter near ground zero when the bomb exploded. Her emotionally wrenching experiences are interwoven with rarely seen archival footage and never-before-told accounts of what happened to her in 1945 and in subsequent years.
One of the filmÂs most powerful moments describes her sisterÂs suicide as, she says, Âthe courage to die.Â Mrs. Shimohira, the survivor, found Âthe courage to liveÂ and dedicate her life to abolishing nuclear weapons.
The film follows Mrs. ShimohiraÂnow age 70Âand two Japanese college students, Haruka Katarao and Fumioki Kusano, to Paris, London, Washington, DC and New York where they present letters to Presidents Bush and Chirac and Prime Minister Blair, inviting the government leaders to come to Nagasaki this August for the 60th year commemoration.
In Paris Mrs. Shimohira shares memories in a moving encounter with an Auschwitz survivor. At the filmÂs conclusion it is clear that student Haruka has become motivated to carry on Mrs. ShimohiraÂs nuclear abolition message to young people around the world.