Hibakusha Stories Archive Footage

Hibakusha Stories and Youth Arts New York will be sponsoring school visits in May of 2011.

Each school will be visited by one or more Hibakusha— survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in the summer of 1945. Visits will provide students with a rare opportunity to hear eyewitness testimonies of one of the most significant events in human history and will introduce the students to the concepts of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. The two-period visit will include a brief introduction to nuclear issues, first-hand accounts from the survivors themselves, small group discussions, and a final sharing from each group.

* May 15th(Tue): Special Interview with Dr. Cynthia Miller in Manhattan, New York

 SD, 33min 39sec, in English

Dr. Cynthia Miller has become Hibakusha Stories first American-born Fellow.  She is an artist, photographer and survivor of radiation and plutonium poisoning whose vision is to advance planetary peace. Her father worked as an engineer alongside Dr. Robert Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project (the project that envisioned and created the atom bomb) and he was eyewitness to the explosions of 131 atomic and hydrogen bombs. Reconciling bombs, atomic radiation, nuclear fallout, and war has been Dr. Miller’s life-long focus.  Dr. Miller’s story is about the effects of radioactive isotopes at all levels of production and deployment.  Please visit Radiance Project website to learn more about her and her work.

* May 11th(Fr): Special Interview with Shigeko SASAMORI in Brooklyn, New York

 SD, 37min 01sec, in English

Shigeko SASAMORI, a teenager in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb struck on August 6, 1945, was one of the 25 Hiroshima Maidens who were brought to New York City in 1955 for reconstructive surgery by Norman Cousins and Rev. Hiroshi Tanimoto. She has been a disarmament activist ever since.

* May 10th(Th): East Side Community High School, Manhattan, 1:47PM~3:24PM

Facilitator: Kathleen Sullivan, Hibakusha: Reiko YAMADADr. Cynthia Miller, Interpreter: Yuko Morikawa

Session 1: Background & Imagination Exercise

SD, 24min 26sec, in English & Japanese with English Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @East Side Community High School #1 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 2: Hibakusha Testimony: Reiko YAMADA

SD, 31min 49sec, in Japanese with English Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @East Side Community High School #2 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 3: Hibakusha Testimony: Dr. Cynthia Miller & Students Comments/ Q&A

SD, 38min 03sec, in English & Japanese with English Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @East Side Community High School #3 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.


* May 9th (Wed): Lower Manhattan Arts Academy High School

Facilitator: Debbie Brindis, Hibakusha: Toshiko TANAKADr. Cynthia Miller, Interpreter: Yuko Morikawa

Session 1: Background & Imagination Exercise

SD, 15min 13sec, in English,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @Lower Manhattan Arts Academy High School #1 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 2: Hibakusha Testimony: Toshiko TANAKA

SD, 31min 25sec, in Japanese with English Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @Lower Manhattan Arts Academy High School #2 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 3: Hibakusha Testimony: Dr. Cynthia Miller & Students Questions

SD, 30min 49sec, in English & Japanese with English Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @Lower Manhattan Arts Academy High School #3 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

* May 8th (Tue): Bayside High School, Queens

Facilitator: Kathleen Sullivan, Hibakusha: Reiko YAMADAToshiko TANAKA, Interpreter: Marie Cochrane

Session 1: Background & Imagination Exercises

SD, 31min 06sec, in English with Japanese Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @Bayside High School #1 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 2: Hibakusha Testimony  (Toshiko TANAKA) & Student Comments

SD, 43min 32sec, in English with Japanese Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @Bayside High School #2 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

* May 7th (Mon): Harlem Renaissance High School, Manhattan

Facilitator: Kathleen Sullivan, Hibakusha: Shigeko SASAMORIReiko YAMADA, Interpreter: Michie TAKEUCHI

Session 1: Background & Imagination Exercises

SD, 43min 32sec, in English with Japanese Interpretation,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @ Harlem Renaissance #1 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

Session 2: Hibakusha Testimony (Reiko YAMADA) & Student Comments

SD, 49min 17sec, in English,

Hibakusha Stories NYC School Visit @ Harlem Renaissance #2 from Cinema Forum Fukushima on Vimeo.

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