Hibakusha from Brazil Honored With Life Time Achievement Award in Rio de Janeiro
The 9th International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro 2019 awarded the Atomic Bomb Survivors Takashi Morita and Kunihiko Bonkohara. For decades, 95 years old Takashi Morita and 78 years old Kunihiko Bonkohara are working tirelessly in Brazil for a world without nuclear weapons and since the Fukushima accident also for a world without nuclear power. See here the festival's movie program.
During the International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro’s prestigious Modern Art Museum Cinematheque on May 26, Takashi Morita and Kunihiko Bonkohara received the festival's Life Time Achievement Award, a trophy produced by Brazilian waste-material-artist Getúlio Damado. Getúlio creates the Uranium Film Festival Award from waste material, that he finds in the streets of Santa Teresa. He uses also old watches to remember the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Watches in Hiroshima stopped exactly at 8:15 in the morning when the A-bomb exploded on August 6th, 1945.
95 years old Takashi Morita (right) was 21, when the US dropped the Atomic bomb called „Little Boy“ over his city Hiroshima. Kunihiko Bonkohara (left) survived the Atomic Bomb as a little child.
Some of the A-Bomb survivors – known in Japanese as Hibakusha – were among a wave of 20th-century migrants who moved across the world in search of a better life after Japan surrendered to the US. Some came to live in Brazil including Takashi Morita and Kunihiko Bonkohara. Later in 1984 Morita founded in São Paulo the Associação das Vítimas da Bomba Atômica no Brasil representing the about 100 A-Bomb survivors living in Brazil. Photo: Takashi Morita (right) and Kunihiko Bonkohara (left) with the Award of the International Uranium Film Festival. Photographer Suchanek.
In addition to the festival's Life Time Achievement Award to the Hibakusha in Brazil the International Uranium Film Festival 2019 awarded the new documentary THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI
by Alain Vézina from Quebec with the festival’s Special Recognition. THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI tells the true story of eight Catholic nuns from Quebec who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, on August 9, 1945.
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