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The Great Atomic Film Cover-Up

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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2009, 01:32:59 am »

The 50th anniversary of the bombing drew extensive print and television coverage -- and wide use of excerpts from the McGovern/Sussan footage -- but no strong shift in American attitudes on the use of the bomb.

Then, in 2003, as adviser to a documentary film, Original Child Bomb, I urged director Carey Schonegevel to draw on the atomic footage as much as possible. She not only did so but also obtained from McGovern's son copies of home movies he had shot in Japan while shooting the official film.

Original Child Bomb went on to debut at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, win a major documentary award, and debut on the Sundance cable channel. After 60 years at least a small portion of that footage reached part of the American public in the unflinching and powerful form its creators intended. Americans who saw were finally able to fully judge for themselves what McGovern and Sussan were trying to accomplish in shooting the film, why the authorities felt they had to suppress it, and what impact their footage, if widely aired, might have had on the nuclear arms race -- and the nuclear proliferation that plagues, and endangers, us today.

(To see some of the footage, go to my blog here.)

Greg Mitchell is the editor of E&P. He is co-author of Hiroshima in America. His latest book is "Why Obama Won." He blogs here and his Twitter feed is @GregMitch. His email is: gmitchell@editorandpublisher.com

http://www.amazon.com/Hiroshima-America-Robert-J-Lifton/dp/0380727641/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258082146&sr=1-1

http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/
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