When I was in my early teens, I developed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with nuclear weapons. It started with a paper I wrote in seventh grade in which I researched the reasoning behind Truman's decision to use the atomic bombs on Japan. From there, it progressed into finding out everything I could about them. It didn't help that this coincided with the release of movies such as Threads
, The Day After
and the comparatively benign Wargames
(during this period I also witnessed what I think is a Japanese anime production -- I have forgotten its name and am not actually sure it was Japanese -- that told the story of Hiroshima from the point of view of its residents). The obsession grew severe enough that I had frequent nightmares about witnessing a nuclear attack from my grandparents home in suburban Maryland. Frankly, I don't know how I overcame it, but the fact that I still remember so many of those nightmares so vividly says something about how deeply I was affected.
I bring all this up because starting this weekend the Sundance Channel will start showing Original Child Bomb
The human cost of nuclear proliferation is considered in this provocative and unconventional documentary from filmmaker Carey Schonegevel. Mixing archive footage, animation, eye-witness accounts and reflections from present-day American students, the legacy of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are considered in light of the United States' current arsenal of more than 10,000 nuclear weapons and contemporary political rhetoric about "weapons of mass destruction."
You can read more about it by clicking here
. I never completely outgrew what I went through as a teen, and I plan on catching this as soon as it is possible.