PAFA is excited to partner with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for a screening of the 1953 film Hiroshima, directed by Hideo Sekigawa. Presented in association with Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival(PAAFL), Hiroshima begins in the early 1950s and flashes back to scenes of the horrific aftermath following the detonation of an atomic bomb on humans for the first time in history.
Hiroshima was independently produced outside of major studio system in 1953. The film was supported by the Teacher’s Union of Hiroshima who helped finance the production and organized about 90,000 Hiroshima citizens who acted in the film.
Following the screening, Dr. Frank L. Chance, Adjunct Professor of East Asian Study at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, will give a brief talk on the film.
Originally released: 1953 in Japan, 1955 in the US
Director: Hideo Sekigawa
Music: Akira Ifukube (“Godzilla” series, The Burmese Harp)
Starring: Yumeji Tsukioka (Late Spring, Twenty-Four Eyes), Eiji Okada (Woman in The Dune, Hiroshima Mon Amour), Isuzu Yamada (Yojinbo, Thorn of the Blood), Tasumi Hara (Tampopo)
Berlin International Film Festival’s feature film award winner in 1953.
Running time: 104 min; Black & White; Mono
For more information, visit the PAFA website.