Documentary film (42:12 min)
Language: English, Japanese and Norwegian

Tied together by three dancing, traveling bodies, EMBRACING HIROSHIMA explores the power of international artistic collaboration as a way to build bridges and friendships in a world under constant threats of division and war.

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Driven by a wish to understand the human will to heal and rebuild in the midst of tragedy, EMBRACING HIROSHIMA merges dance, contemporary and traditional music, concert performance and animation film to honor the enormous peacekeeping efforts in the wake of the atom bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The documentary film follows the New York dance company, EyeKnee Coordination and a large cast of singers and musicians from four corners of the earth on its journey across Japan to perform the new piece “Will this moment ever let go?”, a collaboration between Norwegian composer Magnar Åm, and the renowned Norwegian poet Jan Erik Vold.

New York City Independent Film Festival, New York (USA), 2017
Dansearena nord, Hammerfest (Norway), 2017
Fredshuset, Oslo (Norway), 2017
Southampton International Film Festival, Southampton (UK), 2016
Scandinavia House, New York (USA), 2016
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, Volda (Norway), 2016

Director and Editor: Einy Åm Sparks
Director of Photography: Tyler Sparks
Locations Manager and Second Camera: Roberto Akio Yamakawa
Post Production Audio Engineer: Ryan Hobler

Filmed in public locations in Tokyo, Kyoto and by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Genbaku Dome, which was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on August 6th in 1945.

A Scintilla Films production

POET: Jan Erik Vold
CHOIR: Volda Vokal
DANCERS: Kevin Ho, Uta Takemura and Einy Åm Sparks
Guest performers: Yuki Miyoshi, Kano Yamada & Reiko Hosomi
COSTUME DESIGNER: Stephanie Sleeper
Njål Sparbo, baritone
Ellen Sejersted Bødtker, harp
Geir Draugsvoll, accordion
James Crabb, accordion
Sizzle Ohtaka, voice
Masahiro Saeki, oud
Haruhiko Saga, throat singing Mongolian two string cello
Saori Kojima, theremin
Tanikawa Kensaku, piano (Tokyo)