The Day the Sun Fell
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.
She’s the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She 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.