Radiation: A Slow Death—A New Generation of Hibakusha
The consequences of nuclear warfare, as well as the general effects of atmospheric radiation, are explored through the eyes of its victims in this compelling and unsettling documentary. 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 suffers who have emerged globally. This film documents the lives of these suffers 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.