EAS and the Japanese Language Program present two films from Japan in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition of ceramic roof tiles from Hiroshima University, melted in the August 6, 1945 atomic blast.
Friday, March 22, 4:00 Chase Auditorium
Barefoot Gen (1983, MORI Masaki)
One of the most famous anime films ever made, Barefoot Gen is based onthe autobiographical manga series by NAKAZAWA Keiji and dramatizes the experiences of a child who experiences the bomb, losing family and suffering much hardship while trying hard to live ordinary life as a regular kid.
Friday, March 29, 4:00 Chase Auditorium
Ordinary Life (2013, YOSHIDA Taizô)
This powerful documentary film, just opening in Japan this month, follows people affected by the trauma of displacement, loss and ongoing anxiety in the face of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo. Of course, these meltdowns were the result of the 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami. Please come see what life is like on the ground for the people of Fukushima Prefecture today. As Tokyo Electric Power Co., continues to make efforts to bring the damaged reactorsback online, this is a timely and important testimony to the very real hazards presented by nuclear power plants. The film also celebrates the resilience and strength of the prefecture’s citizens, who refuse to sitby complacently and be told that they are safe.