ANAHEIM — Project Kokoro will present a showing of “Twice Bombed, Twice Survived” and personal stories of A-bomb survivors on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Orange County Buddhist Church, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim.
In history classes and through the media, we have been made aware of the horrific devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the summer of 1945. We know that over 270,000 people were killed, the cities rebuilt, monuments erected, and memorial services conducted. But what do we know about the survivors and their experiences on the day of the bombings?
The physical after-effects of radiation and time have greatly reduced the number of survivors that remain. Among them are a few that were present in both cities at the time of the bombings and lived to tell about it; their numbers are dwindling rapidly.
“Twice Bombed, Twice Survived,” directed by Ryo Aoki, is a documentary telling their story and their wish for the world. It has been screened at the United Nations.
Interviewees include Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who decided to speak out after his second son, who had been exposed to radiation, died of cancer. Before his death in January 2010 from stomach cancer at age 93, Yamaguchi was visited in the hospital by “Avatar” director James Cameron, who promised to make a movie about nuclear weapons.
The producer of “Twice bombed, Twice Survived,” Hidetaka Inazuka, will be visiting from Japan to attend the screening.
After the documentary, a video of three OCBC members who are Hiroshima survivors will be shown. Junji Sarashina, Masako Hamada and Helen Fukino’s personal stories provide eyewitness accounts of what took place and how they lived through the deadliest bomb attack the world has ever known. They are an invaluable primary source of information.
The event is recommended for students in middle school and above, as it will provide a learning experience that they will never get in school.
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Two screenings in Los Angeles are also planned:
• Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., at Nibei Foundation, 11570 W. Olympic Blvd. Admission: $10. RSVP: [email protected]
• Monday, Nov. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library. Info: [email protected]