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Brookline Filmmaker, David Rothauser, to film Hibakusha documentary in Asia (How you can help)
by Paul Arenson (IMC Japan)
Email: paul (nospam) tokyoprogressive.org
27 May 2005
Modified: 05:45:41 AM
Boston-area filmmaker and peace activist David Rothauser, whose documentary on Sacco and Vanzetti has been shown to activist groups in theatres and on PBS television, and who is a recipient of the Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Award along with other notables such as Howard Zinn, is headed to Japan this summer to make a mixed documetary-drama about the "Hibakusha" or nuclear weapons victims. Filming will also take place in Hawaii and Korea, with victims of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings taking part, and with the assistance of a wide range of Japanese who have flocked to the filmmaker's assistance after his plan was posted on several Japanese websites.
David needs help, both monetary and logistical. Please see below, or write to :
paul (at) tokyoprogressive.org
(1) Synopsis of the film
(2) How you can help
(3) Link to article on Japanese peace constitution and interview with the filmmaker.
FIRST, HOW YOU CAN HELP
HELPING-Translation, housing, coordination,
outreach, etc. -->Contact paul (at) tokyoprogressive.org
International and Domestic Bank Transfer
1. Bank Transfer: Brookline Cooperative Bank, 264 Washington St., Brookline,
MA 02447, USA.
Phone: 617 277-4743
Routing #: 211371829
Account #: 100008459
Recipient David Rothauser
U.S. Denominated Check:
Send to Mr. Rothauser's Fiscal Sponsor:
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 02116, USA.
Phone: 617 266-6710
Contact Person: Betsy Gynn
Make a note that it is for Mr. Rothauser's Hibakusha film project on the back of the check.
"HIBAKUSHA, OUR LIFE TO LIVE" is the story of Japanese, Korean and Chinese (including Asian-American) survivors of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A 90 minute mixed documentary, the film will focus on the daily life of Eiji Takanishi, a musician and world citizen. No mention will be made of him or the other characters as Hibakusha until later in the film. We'll trace Eiji's
life through photos, memories and relationships.
We will establish the characters of Eiji and the character of Japan so the audience gets to know him as a person and Japan as a culture independent of World War II. Eiji's music and songs will form a link between him and other
The film will begin with the relationship between Eiji and Yoko, a five year old girl who accompanies him on the Peace Walk from Nagasaki to Hiroshima this Summer, 2005. During their journey Eiji teaches Yoko to play guitar and sing beautiful folk songs.
Slowly the film will introduce other Hibakusha preparing for the Peace Walk. The audience will see them interacting with family and friends in a natural environment. They rally from different locations to come together in Nagasaki.
We will contrast their joys and sorrows; sharing a good conversation, a cup of tea, a baby's birth to the daily treatment of their radiation illness, the death and mourning of friends and family. Most importantly we will make a
connection between Hibakusha and younger generations.
This will take place during preparations for the traditional peace festivals when children and adults work
together to bring art, music and dance to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A unification of Hibakusha cultures (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Asian-Americans) and generations will take place during the "Stonewalk" from Nagasaki to Hiroshima when Hibakusha will naturally come together during the walk and at the 60th anniversary in Hiroshima.
Just as the festivals reach their height of revelry will we see, through stark photographic imagery and discordant sound the connection to Peace Day and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Here the audience will learn how
Hibakusha from the U.S., Korea and China were trapped in Japan during the war and suffered the fate of their Japanese brothers and sisters. Hibakusha voices will
then speak out for the abolition of nuclear weapons while a great celebration is taking place. The contrast of voices crying for life balanced by the music, revelry and dancing of children and adults, an affirmation of life, will underscore the serious theme of a nuclear free world. The film concludes at the Peace Park in Hiroshima where Yoko, sitting on a river bank, plucks notes on Eiji's guitar.
I want to emphasize that the film is not intended to be a political film, but rather a celebration of life and remembrance, a uniting of all people in the
spirit of Hibakusha.
ARTICLE BY MR. ROTHAUSER AND INTERVIEW
See the following article by Rothauser on Japan's Peace Constitution (and an interview with Mr. Rothauser):
This work is in the public domain