Tonight we saw a special screening at Warner Bros. of “White Light/Black Rain,” a new documentary by JA filmmaker Steven Okazaki.

“White Light/Black Rain” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to sold-out screenings in January. HBO will host its television premiere on August 6.

The film interviews 14 survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Of course the stories were sad and heart-breaking — yet I could not help but feel immense respect for their courage and dignity. The survivors are truly heroic.

Some parting words from the filmmaker:

“It’s really inspiring to see people go through these things and survive, not just physically, but spiritually,” said Okazaki. “They love life and care about it.

In that way, I hope the film is uplifting as an experience so others can see how people go through horrible moments of life and can still love life.”

From the Rafu Shimpo.


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