Film Screening: Atomic Mom - Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA
Directed by M.T. Silvia, Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way … Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, was the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program.
In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, the filmmaker meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history in Japan. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they “meet” through the filmmaking process and, with startling honesty, attempt to understand the other.
Atomic Mom director M.T. Silvia will lead a Q&A following the film.