Flaherty NYC

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January 7, 2010 3:16 AM
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FLAHERTY NYC

Monday, January 11, 7:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives
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For the January installment of Flaherty NYC, The Flaherty will present Original Child Bomb by Carey McKenzie, and Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945, produced by Erik Barnouw, the first Board President of the Flaherty organization 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, and Sumner Glimcher, Executive Producer of Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945 and former Flaherty Trustee and Seminar programmer (1966, 1967). Moderated by Dan Streible, co-founder and organizer of the Orphan Film Symposium.

FLAHERTY NYC

Monday, January 11, 7:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives
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For the January installment of Flaherty NYC, The Flaherty will present Original Child Bomb by Carey McKenzie, and Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945, produced by Erik Barnouw, the first Board President of the Flaherty organization 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, and Sumner Glimcher, Executive Producer of Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945 and former Flaherty Trustee and Seminar programmer (1966, 1967). Moderated by Dan Streible, co-founder and organizer of the Orphan Film Symposium.

Unexpectedly, this screening is taking place just a few days after the death of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the last survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks. The Flaherty hopes these films, which reflect on the bombings and their aftermath, will honor his memory.

Robert S. McNamara, former Secretary of Defense, says of Original Child Bomb "At a time when the threat of international terrorism involving nuclear weapons is a growing danger, everyone should see this film so that they understand the risk," and Indiewire agrees, saying the film is "Required viewing for every citizen of the world." The Village Voice described Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945 as "Objective and poetic, strongly moving."

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.
TICKET INFORMATION:
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General admission tickets to the Flaherty NYC series at the Anthology Film Archives are $9. Tickets are $7 for students with valid I.D., and $6 for Anthology members with membership card.

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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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.

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