Children of Nagasaki
Broadcast on August 9, 2002/52minutes
Winner of the Children's Welfare Culture Award in 2003
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1,300 of the 1,581 pupils of Yamazato National Elementary School perished in the A-bombing of Nagasaki. The school was located only 700 meters from the epicenter. Essays by the 37 children who survived inspired a professional documentary film director, Genichiro Higuchi, to make a short documentary called, Nagasaki no Ko (Children of Nagasaki) in 1950. NHK conducted a follow-up on the 37 children in 1980 to produce another documentary feature about them. American research groups had also recorded the situation after the Nagasaki bombing in the immediate postwar years, and produced an enormous amount of color footage. These and other recorded images serve as an important medium capable of conveying the tragic experience across time to future generations more eloquently than words. This program is a compilation of all of the above that highlights issues of striking human interest by weaving the recorded images of the children of Nagasaki with the cold A-bomb related facts of international politics and studies on the effects of radiation exposure.