SAN FRANCISCO — New People, the nation’s only entertainment complex dedicated to Japanese popular culture, commemorates the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a special screening of “Twice Bombed, Twice Survived,” a thought-provoking documentary about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person to have been officially recognized by the Japanese government for surviving both explosions.
The film plays at New People’s cinema, located at 1746 Post St. in San Francisco Japantown, on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.
A portion of sales will be donated directly to the Friends of Hibakusha, a San Francisco organization dedicated to supporting Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors in the U.S. (Japanese Americans who were living in Japan during World War II as well as postwar Japanese immigrants). Unlike Japan, the U.S. government does not currently subsidize any medical treatment programs for atomic bomb survivors.
Several survivors from Friends of Hibakusha will speak in a Q&A immediately following the screening.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945 killed more than 210,000 people and exposed many others to radiation. Yamaguchi had the misfortune of being in both cities on those days. His hope for the abolition of nuclear weapons prompted him to appear in the film at the age of 90. Seven other twice-bombed, twice-survived people also recount their experiences in the film.
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