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Documentary Film Focuses on Atomic Bombing of Japan

(Posted October 22, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The documentary film \"White Light, Black Rain,\" a searing movie detailing the experiences of Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb, will be shown at Juniata College at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus. The film is free and open to the public. The film is sponsored by Juniata\'s politics and peace and conflict studies departments. The 90-minute film, directed by Stephen Okasaki, presents the stories of a handful of survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The film will be introduced by Eric Freed, a lecturer in religious studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. Freed has written a translation of the poems of Hiroshima survivor Hiroko Takanashi and taught high school in Japan for more than two decades. Freed will introduce the movie and discuss how the two bombings have shaped Japan\'s postwar foreign and domestic policy. After the film, Freed will lead a discussion and answer questions about \"White Light, Black Rain.\"

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.