• The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors

schedule

The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors: Three Films

  • In Person

What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, my ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War II—the internment of Japanese Americans and the “death march” of prisoners out of Auschwitz. In each, witnesses struggle to articulate these shattering experiences that were central to their lives. Using interviews, photographs, and archival film, these films explore the process of bringing into the present fragmented and enigmatic memories of personal and collective trauma as they continue to reverberate across generations.

—Jeffrey Skoller

Films in this Screening

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige

Rea Tajiri, United States, 1991

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 32 mins
source
  • Video Data Bank

The March

Abraham Ravett, United States, 1999

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 16mm
  • 25 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors

Jeffrey Skoller, United States, 2018

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 27 mins
source
  • Jeffrey Skoller