Williamstown: Williams to host documentary film series on nuclear disasters

Monday October 8, 2012

The Williams College Japanese Program will screen two documentary films by director Hidetaka Inazuka on the tragedies of nuclear radiation.

The first film, "Twice Bombed," will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Paresky Auditorium, with an introduction by Eiko Maruko Siniawer, associate professor and chair of history.

"Twice Bombed" recounts the life of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only recognized survivor of both atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It focuses specifically on the last years of his life, when he became a nuclear disarmament activist and a vocal witness to the horrors of nuclear weapons.

The second film, "Chronicles from the Heartland: Fukushima 2011," will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, also in Paresky Auditorium.

This documentary deals with the post-tsunami everyday life of Fukushima residents and the meltdown of the nuclear plant. After the screening, Inazuka will offer a discussion on the current situation of Fukushima. A reception will follow.


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