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Title: Atomic Mom
START DATE: Thursday April 03
TIME: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details:
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
Event Type: Screening
Contact Name
Email Addressinfo [at] rhythmix.org
Phone Number510-865-5060
Address2513 Blanding Ave. Alameda, CA
Cost: $5 - $15 sliding scale.

Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure – but important – moment in American history. As the only female scientist 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. Atomic Mom director M.T. Silvia will lead a Q&A following the film.

In our present moment of Wikileaks, Pauline is a similar whistle-blower having been cowed by the silencing machine of the US military for decades. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mother’s past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, 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 as they, with startling honestly, attempt to understand the other.

Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way and will inspire dialogue about human rights, personal responsibility, and the possibility – and hope – of peace.

The next film in Rhythmix Picks Flicks! series is Best Of The Fest: 2014 Albany Film Fest on April 17th.




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