Private Project

Hiroshima: City of Water

In Hiroshima water is the element that binds life and death. The seven rivers that flow through the city gave it the name City of Water. Scattered around this huge metropolitan city are monuments to the dead - those who perished both in the moment, and also the aftermath, of the detonation of a nuclear weapon by American forces on 6th August 1945. These monuments mark the places where schools, hospitals and municipal buildings once stood - remnants of the old city tucked away in the shadows of the towering steel and glass buildings of the new Hiroshima. At these monuments, visitors give offerings of water to those who perished; those who begged for water to sooth their scorched mouths and those who threw themselves into the rivers to relieve their burning skin and subsequently drowned. For Hiroshi Hara, these are the ‘Rivers of Souls’. Places where he makes tribute to the dead by painting with what he calls the ‘spirit water’ - water from the rivers he describes as being covered by a carpet floating corpses. Across the city Buddhist rituals take place on the great day of remembrance when monuments are washed with water amidst prayers of remembrance and messages to souls lost are floated down the rivers.

  • Chris John Brooke
  • Chris John Brooke
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 8 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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  • Toronto Independent Film Festival
    September 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
    St. George, Utah
    United States
    November 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Portland Film Festival
    United States
    October 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Weyauwega International Film Festival
    Weyauwega, Wisconsin
    United States
    November 10, 2021
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Harlem International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    May 8, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chris John Brooke

Chris John Brooke
Chris John Brooke is a filmmaker and academic based in York, U.K. After several years in his early twenties freelancing as a camera operator Chris became involved in political activism resulting the feature documentary From York to Palestine (2006).
He followed up on his own documentary work with a second feature Spoke On the Water (2007).
In 2010 he established a production company specialising in documentary production services for high profile commercial and corporate clients, and which now specialises in producing niche documentary based content for the video games sector.

His latest feature, Hiroshima: City of Water was released in 2021.
Chris is also a Senior Lecturer in Film Production and Post Production at The Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University. U.K.

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