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AsiaLens: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series at the Spurlock Museum: Day of the Western Sunrise

Day of the Western Sunrise
A film by Keith Reimink.
2018 / 75 minutes

Post-screening discussion with Jason Finkelman, Asian Educational Media Service and Michael Koerner, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Day of the Western Sunrise is an animated, Japanese language documentary about the crew of the tuna trawler Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or The Lucky Dragon No. 5. On March 1st, 1954, the fishermen onboard the Lucky Dragon survived the biggest explosion ever caused by man, the Castle Bravo thermonuclear test in the Pacific Ocean. The film tells how their lives were forever changed while showing the long-term impact of this devastating event.

AsiaLENS Film Series

AsiaLENS is a film screening and discussion series offering campus and community audiences an opportunity to view documentary and independent film on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.

AsiaLENS screenings are funded in part by the Spurlock Museum's Y.T. Lo and S. de Mundo Lo Scholar's Studio Endowment and B.A. Knight Endowment.

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