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Appreciation - The Tomiko Morimoto West Story

20m • Short, Documentary • 2022

Best Resident Film


Director, Producer | Michael Dwyer

Cinematographer | Chuck Gomez

Tomiko Morimoto West watched from her schoolyard as a low-flying B-29 dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing her mother and other family members. Thirteen-year-old Tomiko searched the devastated city for the body of her grandfather to save him the injustice of a mass burial, cremating him under mountain tree branches. She went on to marry an American GI, become a professor at Vassar College, and at age 90 has only one wish: that world leaders work together for global peace

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