2012-08-02 / About Town

Screening of ‘Atomic Mom’ Monday night

“Atomic Mom,” an awardwinning documentary by former Newport resident M.T. Silvia, will be shown on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on Monday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Jamestown Arts Center. Silvia will attend and participate in a postscreening discussion. Cost is $10.

As one of the only female scientists present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert, Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience. After a long silence, and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program.

Pauline was silenced by the U.S. military for decades. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, M.T. Silvia meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to reconcile 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 honestly, attempt to understand each other.

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