Indigo screening
A-bomb documentary

The documentary "Original Child Bomb" makes a plea against nuclear proliferations.

"Original Child Bomb" will be screened at 8 p.m. tomorrow as this month's "Cinema Under the Influence" feature at the Opium Den at Indigo restaurant. The film is a preview for the annual Cinema Paradise independent film festival.

The hour-long documentary is based on the prose poem by Thomas Merton, about the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. A spare narration quotes dispassionately from Merton's text throughout, while graphic images present the human face of war.

Director Carey Schonegevel makes extensive use of home movies, period newsreels, still photos, drawings, computer graphics, current interviews and cell animation in the film, which begins as a dramatic retelling of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and concludes with a strong plea against nuclear proliferation.

Original music is provided by such progressive-minded musicians as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow and Mos Def.

The Downtown restaurant is at 1121 Nuuanu Ave. Admission to the screening is $5 general and $3 for festival members. For more information, call 550-0496 or go online at

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