HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI DOWNLOAD
MEMORIES FROM THE AMERICAS
This collaborative project between artist/filmmaker Shinpei Takeda, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs came about in order to highlight the danger of nuclear weapons and to recognize that this is human story with global dimensions. These are the stories of survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings who have migrated to the Americas.
All the videos were shot, edited, and directed by Shinpei Takeda as part of his 7 year-long project in which he interviewed 54 survivors in 7 countries.
Only two nuclear weapons have ever been used in war. One bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945 and a second destroyed the city of Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 August 1945. Over 200,000 people died and thousands more were injured. A nuclear weapon possesses enormous explosive force which also releases tremendous heat and radioactive materials. They can not only destroy environments, and kill people, but also leave long-lasting physical and psychological health effects. Currently, there are still over 22,000 nuclear weapons.
This website is based on the film, Hiroshima Nagasaki Download, which is a 73 minute feature documentary film that highlights director Shinpei Takeda's journey through the Americas visiting these survivors and his determination to "download" this important piece of history.
The importance of translating these testimonies into the world's major languages was highlighted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Hiroshima Peace Ceremony in August of 2010.
Translation services were kindly provided by Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kirill Konin (Russian), Shinpei Takeda, and Milano Fatho (Arabic).
ARCHIVES AND LINKS
Michigan State University's Vincent Voice Library has over 50 atomic bomb survivor interviews; entire recordings have been donated to the library for academic use.
The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims has more information and stories about atomic bomb survivors living in Japan as well as in the Americas.
The Hibakusha webpage of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs has many links to resources on this topic.