Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  2016
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Hiroshima Bound

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A personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hiroshima Bound

HIROSHIMA BOUND is a personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It follows the obscure histories of specific photos and photographers, both Japanese and American, who visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the aftermath of the bombings, counterposing this visual legacy with the stories of survivors, whose practice of speaking to small groups of students offers a modest but powerful counter-history to the official record.

The film uses its maker's own legacy as a child of the Atomic Age to look at the complexity of the representation of mass death, and the role of the archive in the digital era, taking viewers to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley, the International Center of Photography in New York, and to contemporary Hiroshima, in order to explore and 'unpack' the trauma and myth surrounding the culture of Hiroshima representation.

'A film that is both personal and universal. Very powerful ... Poetic and gripping.' - Peter Kuznitz, Director, Nuclear Studies Institute, American University

'A daunting and haunting project ... extraordinarily moving and simultaneously elucidating. The attention to the construction of the bomb and the images of the effects of the bomb is formidable.' - Lynne Sachs, filmmaker ( Your Day is My Night )

'There is no doubt this is an important document about our times and lives, which should both motivate and humble us all.' - Joke van Kampen, journalist and anti-nuclear activist


** 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest MarketPlayer
** 2016 TrueDoc Documentary Film Festival 2016
** 2015 University Film and Video Festival 2015


Main credits

Yoshida, Clara (on-screen participant)
Dijk, Claartje van (on-screen participant)
Sasamori, Shigeko (on-screen participant)
Lucas, Katherine G. (on-screen participant)
Bailey, Marilee (on-screen participant)
Cronin, Robert (on-screen participant)
Weller, Anthony (on-screen participant)
Lucas, Martin (film director)
Lucas, Martin (screenwriter)
Lucas, Martin (editor of moving image work)
Lucas, Martin (director of photography)
Watson, David (composer)
Norwood, Khamisi (director of photography)
Villaro, Leandro (director of photography)

Other credits

Writer, director, editor, Martin Lucas; music, David Watson; cinematographers, Khamisi Norwood, Leandro Villaro, Martin Lucas.

Distributor credits

A film by Martin Lucas

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Asian History
Film and Video Studies
Conflict Resolution
East Asia
World History
Nuclear Issues
Politics and Political Science
World War II

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Asian Studies
Cinema Studies
Conflict Resolution
East Asia
History (World)
Nuclear Issues
Political Science
World War II


; "Hiroshima Bound"; Icarus Films

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