The Day the Sun Fell
Official film description...
In the film “The Day the Sun Fell“ Swiss-Japanese director Aya Domenig undertakes a journey of discovery into her family’s past and the damaged soul of a nation.
Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, discovers the experiences of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience. Her grandfather never spoke of his experiences but through the openness of her interviewees, the director learns a little more about what life was like for those who worked near the plant. When a new nuclear disaster occurs in Fukushima on March 11, 2011, her research takes a new turn.
The protagonists of “The Day The Sun Fell“ have fought tirelessly against the social silence that has dominated the truth surrounding the health and social effects of the atomic bombshells that devastated Hiroshima. This repressed aspect of the past painfully re-enters the Japanese consciousness.
Notes on the film...
A historic document.
“The Day the Sun Fell” doesn't attempt to be a direct accusation, but rather an obstinate investigation of what remains, the proof of what the bomb could not destroy: conscience, pride, a subtle but strong trickle of hope. “ – Cineuropa
“The terrible similarity between the Hiroshima catastrophe and that of Fukushima hints at what is necessary and vital – which is to shine a light on the shadows of the past. Domenig whispers the truth to us with a degree of tranquility, and, at the same time, incredible resolve. This is a sincere film, a reflection of a wounded country that, nevertheless, is looking to heal itself, slowly but tirelessly.” -Cineuropa
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Aya Domenig
Writer: Aya Domenig
Production: Mirjam von Arx, Tanja Meding
Music: Marcel Vaid
Camera: Mrinal Desai
Duration: 78 min
Language (Audio): Japanese
Language (Subtitles): German, French, English
Age restriction: 12