Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Day of the Western Sunrise, documentary on the nuclear contamination of Daigo Fukuryū Maru and the aftermath, at Row House Cinema, September 29 and 30.

The Row House Cinema will hold the premiere of the documentary Day of the Western Sunrise on September 29 and 30. Pittsburgh Filmmakers provides a summary:
"Day of the Western Sunrise" tells of real life story the Japanese tuna trawler Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or the Lucky Dragon No. 5, and it's 23 man crew. On March 1st, 1954, the fishermen onboard the Lucky Dragon survived the biggest explosion ever caused by man, the Castle Bravo thermonuclear test in the Pacific Ocean. That's just the start of the story. Through survivor interviews and beautiful animation the film tells how their lives were forever changed while showing the long-term impact of this devastating event.

In 2015 Keith traveled to Japan to interview the surviving crew members of the Lucky Dragon, their families, and to visit their fishing village.
Members of the Pittsburgh Japanese-speaking community were involved in some of the scenes.

There are three screenings scheduled, and tickets are available online: September 29 at 7:00 pm, and September 30 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).