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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nuke-theme films to be shown on Chernobyl anniversary

Kyodo

A theater in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, will screen more than a dozen movies with a nuclear theme later this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Officials at the theater said they had been planning to screen movies about atomic bombs in conjunction with a similar exhibition scheduled for early April at the Meguro Museum of Art.

But organizers abandoned the plan after the museum canceled the exhibition amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis, fearing the show might spread excessive fear or possible misunderstanding about radiation.

"We hope that the screening will provide an opportunity for people to discuss why we need nuclear power stations now that a level 7 accident has occurred in Japan," said Shohei Ishikawa, one of the organizers, referring to the maximum severity level applied to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The special screening at the Polepole Higashinakano theater between Saturday and May 6 will feature both Japanese and foreign films on nuclear power and nuclear accidents. They include a documentary on the construction of Japan's first commercial reactor, at the Tokai nuclear complex in Ibaraki Prefecture.

A total of 17 movies will be screened during the two-week event, including "Nadya's Village," which depicts a family staying on in a beautiful Belarusian village after it was contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster. The film was directed by the theater's owner, Seiichi Motohashi.

Organizers at the theater said they are aiming to screen movies on atomic bombs jointly with the museum in the future.



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