[SDCPJ] Movie Night at the new home of the Peace Resource Center!
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE PRC FOR PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI
Tuesday, August, 9th (Nagasaki Day)
starting at 6:30PMMovie at 7:00PM
at the new home of the PEACE RESOURCE CENTER in the SAN DIEGO FRIENDS CENTER 3850 Westgate Place San Diego 92105
FREE - FREE - FREE
ATOMIC MOM, A DOCUMENTARY
Atomic Mom is a feature-length documentary film about two women, both mothers, who have very different experiences of the atom bomb.
One is the filmmaker's mother, Pauline Silvia, who was a biologist in the Navy in the early 1950's and was sent to the Nevada Test Site where she participated in five detonations. At 23 years old, she was one of the few women scientists on an elite team of researchers. After decades of silence, Pauline is in a crisis of conscience about the work she did, work that involved animal testing. In our present moment of Wikileaks, Pauline is a similar whistle-blower having been cowed by the silencing machine of the US military. She reveals some of the grim and dark secrets of the U.S. atomic testing program.
In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother's past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history in Japan. She was eight years old when the bomb was dropped and her twelve-year-old sister was never found. After many years of silence, Ms. Okada gives testimony of her atomic bomb experience and her commitment to education and disarmament. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they "meet" through the filmmaking process, and as they, with startling honestly, attempt to understand the other.