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Hiroshima August 10, 2005

Posted by ayasawada in Uncategorized.

On Sunday, the BBC screened a 90min documentary to mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima. It was, to say the least, fantastic. I hadn’t expected too much, given that it was a fairly mainstream programme for a broad audience, but I was surprised to see a level of care and detail almost equivalent to that of the Hiroshima museums. The build-up to the event was extremely interesting, particularly for one who doesn’t know too much about history. It was also extremely fair, with much of the Enola Gay crew giving frank but honest statements. The ‘dramatic reconstructions’ themselves (a device which I c an’t say I completely agree with in documentaries), were surprisingly apt and very moving. Many of the victims accounts evoked the same welled-up feeling I had walking around the Hiroshima Peace Park. Particularly startling were the account of the doctor, his narrow escape and encountering a charred black figure on the road to the city, as well as the image of the parched, burnt people drinking the poisonous black rain. The final shot of the lanterns floating down the river, with the twilight shine of the city in the background was particularly beautiful as well.

I was completely gripped from start to finish. Everyone in the world should see this and know the different sides of war and the true terror of WMDs.



1. Anonymous - September 1, 2005

I’ve been to Hiroshima and can only agree. The city is fine now, mind you, but the sights at the museum are gruesome.. /JohanNP

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