DIRECTORRichter, Robert
TITLEThe Last Atomic Bomb: A Survivor's Story
RUNNING TIME92 minutes
Web Access
Available online from Richter Videos   (available with fee)

This documentary film details the devastation that followed the atomic bomb blast in Nagasaki in 1945 and the anti-nuclear crusade of a survivor, Sakue Shimohira, as she tells her story to students, policy makers, and world leaders. Using a combination of rare archival footage, recent recollections by Shimohira and others, and historical films and photographs, the director creates a vivid picture of the terrible suffering that followed the nuclear explosion, including starvation and radiation poisoning. Equally emphasized are Shimohira's recent anti-nuclear protest efforts, as she travels with college students to deliver letters to U.S. President George W. Bush, President Jacques Chirac of France, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and others. The film also contains interviews with government officials and historians explaining the U.S. motivation for using the bomb and restrictions placed on the press that limited criticism of the decision. The film presents a powerful appeal for nuclear disarmament.

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