The consequences of nuclear warfare, as well as the general effects of atmospheric radiation, are explored through the eyes of its victims in this unsettling film. Originally, the Japanese word "hibakusha" was used to refer to the survivors of the atomic bomb. Here, the director goes back to its literal meaning, "victim of radiation" to include new generations of sufferers who have emerged globally.
This film, also known as Radiation: A Slow Death, documents the lives of these sufferers, including Iraqi children irradiated by the use of depleted uranium ammunition during the Gulf War, American farmers living near the Hanford plutonium factory in Washington state, and survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though separated by time and space, their common peril delivers a strong message to the contemporary world.
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Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
2004 Hiroshima Peace Declaration by the City's Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba
A-Bomb Survivors Recollect and Try To Express What Happened in Hiroshima
Gulf War - Iraq Links:
"Iraqi Kids Suffer 'Gulf War Syndrome'" by Robert Fisk
"Iraq: The Great Cover-Up" by John Pilger
Medical References for Gulf War-Related Health Effects
Hanford Plutonium Factory - Washington Links:
Hanford Community Health Project
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Nuclear Activist Organizations:
The Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation that supports initiatives for stopping the spread of weapons of war, from nuclear arms to landmines.
Center for Defense Information, a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military components of global security.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, educating citizens about global security issues, especially the continuing dangers posed by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.