The Austin Film Society has announced its September selection for the AFS Doc Tour: Steven Okazaki’s acclaimed new feature White Light/Black Rain. Okazaki will be onhand to present the film, as well as conduct a Q&A, on Wednesday, September 19 at the 501 Studios Theater. Extra bonus: the screening is free. From the AFS program notes:
As global tensions rise, the unthinkable now seems possible. The threat of nuclear “weapons of mass destruction” has become real and frightening. White Light/Black Rain, an extraordinary new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first — and hopefully last — uses of nuclear weapons in war.
Even after 60 years, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to inspire argument, denial and myth. Surprisingly, most people know very little about what happened on August 6 and 9, 1945, two days that changed the world. This is a comprehensive, straightforward, moving account of the bombings from the point of view of the people who were there.