The Vow from Hiroshima
In THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA, Bullfrog Films portrays Setsuko Thurlow as a passionate 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. It weaves her own moving story into that of her growing friendship with a second-generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi. Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped but was unable to save her 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever. She has tried to keep her pledge made to her friends, that thereafter no one should ever again meet their horrible fate.
Directed by Susan Strickler, the film explores the global dangers of nuclear weapons by showing Setsuko’s campaign with ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and the peak of her decades of activism as she accepts the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards. An update adds an epilogue about the ratification and enactment of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force last year, January 22, 2021.
Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research will lead the discussion following the film. Over the past twenty years he has conducted many studies on nuclear fuel, nuclear weapons production and testing, and nuclear waste.