Sunday 14.4 at 3 pm

Film / The Day the Sun Fell

By director Aya Domenig

During the spring exhibition with the artist Leiko Ikemura, we turn our eyes to Japan and show two films by the Japanese-born directors Naomi Kawase and Aya Domenig. Although Leiko Ikemura's art is strongly influenced by a Western European art tradition, it carries a Japanese soulfulness. Therefore, in the spring, we move closer to Japan with the help of two directors' views of Japanese society.

The Day the Sun Fell
Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig is the granddaughter of a man who was a doctor for the Red Cross during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. In her documentary film The Day the Sun Fell, she approaches her deceased grandfather by talking to a doctor and nurses who during Hiroshima shared same experiences. But, while gathering memories and experiences from these last survivors, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima strikes and history repeats itself. The protagonists in The Day the Sun Fell have made it their task in life to fight tirelessly against the silence surrounding the medical and social effects of the atomic bomb. By doing so, they reveal a long suppressed side of Japan's past, that, through the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, painfully forces itself back into the minds of many Japanese people.

The film is shown with Japanese speech and English text.

Length: 78 min
Price: Free admission

Screenings in the spring
3.3 2019 - Sweet Bean by Naomi Kawase
14.4 2019 - The Day the Sun Fell by Aya Domenig