Reality Suppressed: Then and Now

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As the world prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Saturday, some American media experts see uncomfortable echoes between the suppression of images of death and destruction then and coverage of the war in Iraq today.

As author Greg Mitchell lays out in an article in Editor & Publisher this week, in the weeks following the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, U.S. authorities seized and suppressed film shot in the bombed cities by U.S. military crews and Japanese newsreel teams to prevent Americans from seeing the full extent of devastation wrought by the new weapons.

Some of this footage is set to air on the Sundance channel starting Saturday.

ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB Documentary The human cost of nuclear proliferation is considered in this provocative and unconventional documentary from filmmaker Carey Schonegevel. Mixing archive footage, animation, eye-witness accounts and reflections from present-day American students, the legacy of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are considered in light of the United States' current arsenal of more than 10,000 nuclear weapons and contemporary political rhetoric about "weapons of mass destruction." Inspired by Thomas Merton's 1962 poem with the same title. (2003) Color/B&W (57 mins) August 06 2005 08:00 pm; August 09 2005 04:30 pm; August 14 2005 03:30 pm; August 19 2005 02:00 pm; August 24 2005 12:00 pm





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