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Program Title: Hiroshima No Pika/Hellfire A Journey from Hiroshima
EASC Code: JH-30
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: English
Subject: Arts & Music
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Noriaki Tsuchimoto, John Junkerman
Producer: Tetsujiro Yamagami, John W. Dower
Release Date: 2005
Running Time: 83 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Narrated by Susan Sarandon, Hiroshima No Pika is an animated film based on the award-winning children's book by the Japanese artist Toshi Maruki. Through Maruki's heart-rending but beautiful water color illustrations, the film tells the story of a young girl and her family who live through the horrific bombing of Hiroshima. Susan Sarandon lends her talent to this timely story, inspiring children to remember Hiroshima in the hope that it will never be repeated.

Nominated for an Academy Award, Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima captures the artists Iri and Toshi Maruki in their decades-long collaboration to create a monumental testament to the effects of the atomic bomb - the Hiroshima Murals, which have been viewed by over 100 million people around the world. With engaging interviews and extended sequences of the Marukis at work, Hellfire reveals a message of hope in our nuclear age, and is a reminder of the power of art to render visible and meaningful what still seems unimaginable.

Data Entry Date: 2/6/2008