January 11th – FLAHERTY NYC: Original Child Bomb at Anthology Film Archives

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Check out this month’s Flaherty NYC screening, Monday, January 11th at Anthology Film Archives .

For the January installment of the Flaherty NYC monthly screening series, The Flaherty will present Original Child Bomb by Carey McKenzie, and Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945, produced by Erik Barnouw, the first President of the Flaherty and programmer of the 1960, 1963, and 1982 Robert Flaherty Film Seminars. There will be a post-screening discussion with Ayana Osada, co-producer of Original Child Bomb.

Films to be screened:

*Original Child Bomb
(Carey McKenzie, 2004, 57min, USA)

Inspired by Thomas Merton’s poem, the film shows the human cost of nuclear weapons. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are depicted through declassified footage, photographs, drawings and testimonies of mothers, brothers and soldiers. Ordinary people gaze upon the nuclear past and its terrifying present. They expose the political rhetoric surrounding “security” and “weapons of mass destruction”. The film is a wake-up call and an invitation to action.

*Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945
(Prod.: Erik Barnouw, 1970, 16min, USA)

In August 1945 the Japanese government commissioned Akira Iwasaki, a filmmaker jailed during WW II for his antiwar beliefs, to document the effects of this new weapon. He recorded images of the vast destruction, such as the shadows of leaves, flowers and other objects burned onto stone. This unforgettable film features the first footage shot following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The viewer becomes an eyewitness to the bomb’s aftermath, literally walking through the rubble and hospitals jammed with dying people.

Anthology Film Archives is located in the old Second Avenue Courthouse building in the East Village at 32 Second Ave. at the corner of 2nd Street. General admission tickets to the Flaherty NYC series are $9. Tickets are $7 for IFP members, NALIP members, and students with valid I.D., and $6 for Anthology members. Tickets can be purchased at the Anthology box office the day of the show. For more information, call the Flaherty at 212-448-0457.
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