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Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience. While gathering the memories and present views of these very last survivors, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima strikes and history seems to repeat itself. The protagonists of THE DAY THE SUN FELL have made it their task in life to fight tirelessly against the silence reigning over the true medical and social effects of the atomic bomb. By doing so, they address a long suppressed aspect of the past that since the nuclear catastrophe of Fukushima painfully forces itself back into the cousciousness of many Japanese.

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Direction: Aya Domenig

Original Title: Als die Sonne vom Himmel fiel

Original Languages: Japanese, German

Subtitles: French, German

Film Production Countries: Switzerland, Finland

 

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