The filmmaker's grandfather worked at the Red Cross after the Hiroshima bombing. Her quest to learn why he never talked about his experiences takes a new turn after Fukushima's catastrophe.


Aya Domenig


Aya Domenig (Writer)
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Cast overview:
Aya Domenig Aya Domenig ... Self
Kiyomi Doi Kiyomi Doi ... Self - Aya Domenig's grandmother
Shigeru Doi Shigeru Doi ... Self - Aya Domenig's grandfather, Red Cross doctor (archive footage)
Sumiko Miyahara Sumiko Miyahara ... Self - Hiroshima atomic bomb aftermath nurse
Chizuko Uchida Chizuko Uchida ... Self
Shuntaro Hida Shuntaro Hida ... Self - former Imperial Japanese Army doctor
Hitoshi Kai Hitoshi Kai ... Self - chairman of Junod Association
Mai Nakata Mai Nakata ... Self - Fukushima refugee
Shoei Nakata Shoei Nakata ... Self - Mai Nakata's son, Fukushima refugee
Shinzo Abe ... Self - prime minister of Japan


Tracing the past of her deceased grandfather who worked as a young doctor in the Red Cross hospital of HirSwiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience. While gathering the memories and present views of these last survivors, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima strikes and history seems to repeat itself.oshima after the atomic bomb was dropped over the city, the filmmaker encounters doctors and nurses who went through similar experiences to his at the time. Right up until his death in 1991, her grandfather was never able to speak about his experiences, but the formidable stories and openness of her protagonists bring her closer to his past. When on March 11th, 2011 a new nuclear catastrophe takes place in Fukushima, the present catches up with her journey to the past. Her ...

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From Hiroshima to Fukushima
14 August 2015 | by Daniel WienerSee all my reviews

This is not just another Hiroshima Film, as you have seen them before. At first sight, it looks like a family history of the author Aya Domenig, whose grandmother's husband was a doctor in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb hit the city and killed over 100'000 people immediately. And it shows how it is still killing people today. But beyond that personal connection, other eyewitnesses, nurses and a doctor, appear on screen, explicitly and dramatically making the link between the "Little Boy" (as the bomb was banalised by the US Army) and the explosion in Block 3 at the Fukushima nuclear park in March 2011. The fight for freedom of information against authorities, who deliberately suppress facts appears to be the same today, as it was after World War II, when the US military censors hided the real and long term effects of radiation from the public. And so does the Japanese government deal with Fukushima today. This documentary lets the last living and engaged coevals of Hiroshima speak and make the connection between the two disasters. Impressive and thoughtfully composed, with astonishing pictures and lively 90-year-olds as main protagonists.

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