Prof. Marty Lucas’ film Hiroshima Bound will have its first screening in the New York area at Union Docs in Williamsburg on March 24th at 7:30PM.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Prof. Reiko Tahara and IMAer Jason Fox. Hiroshima Bound is an hour-long personal interrogation of the traumatic mix of memory and amnesia that constitutes America’s understanding of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, built from a mix of re-examined archival material, personal meditation and testimony, and visits to sites including The Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley, White Sands Missile Proving Grounds, and the International Center of Photography in New York.
The image of the mushroom cloud has always hidden more than it shows. It’s a black hole, a destroyer of meanings. 70 years later, how can we see Hiroshima? This screening and discussion will offer a chance to think about how documentary can help dislodge collective memory from mythic confinement, and offer a vehicle for an exploration of how the ghosts of many pasts still inhabit our lives.