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Radioactivists

June 10, 2011

We announced the beginnings of this documentary project on May Day, and we are happy to share the following clips just in time for the demo in Shinjuku tomorrow and all the solidarity and other de-nuke events in Tokyo and everywhere, including here in Montréal!

Click here to view the trailer!

Click here to view the teaser!

And, of course, these clips and more are available on the filmmakers’ project website, Radioactivists.

The figure of the skeleton in flames in the photo above comes from “The Myth of Tomorrow,” a brightly colored 30-meter mural by the avant-garde artist Tarô Okamoto (1911-1996) in the Shibuya Station.  Originally painted on commission in Mexico in the late 1960s, the mural features this skeletal figure framed in flames in an atomic bomb explosion.  The building where the mural was to be displayed in Mexico City was never completed, and when the lost panels were discovered, the piece was restored and moved to Japan, where it has been on display since 2008 in what is perhaps the busiest commuter train and subway station in the world.  This figure also appears (also in a new manifestation) in Tomoyuki Hoshino’s wonderful short story, Senpai Densetsu (“The Legend of the Senpai”), which you can find in this book featuring photos by Hideaki Takamatsu (in Japanese).

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