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Global Shorts Program: OBON

  • Fine Arts Theatre 36 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

Screened as part of our Global Shorts Program, which begins at 11:45am. This screening will be followed by a video Q&A with the filmmakers!

In this award-winning short-animated documentary, which received an animation spotlight at Sundance 2019, Akiko Takakura, one of the last remaining survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, tells her life story. In this visually and emotional stunning story, she describes how, amidst the terror and nightmares, she found a rare moment of closeness with her father.

Akiko Takakura is one of only 10 people within a radius of 500 meters from ground zero to have survived the atomic bomb blast. While her colleague and friend Satomi Usami died from burns and a broken back, Ms. Takakura survived the catastrophe by sheer luck. She remembers extraordinary details and is able to bring them to life in her stories. The scenes described in the script are based solely on her experiences. Today, Ms. Takakura is 92 years old and lives in Hiroshima with her family where she is under their care.

Script: Andre Hörmann
Directors: Andre Hörmann and Anna SAMO
Art and Animation: Anna SAMO
Music: Daniel Regenberg
Sound: Christoph de la Chevallerie
Producers: Andre Hörmann and Christian Vizi

Germany | 15 min | Japanese with English or German subtitles


Earlier Event: April 7
Global Shorts Program: Gopi