Atomic Cover-up Screening at Oakland International Film Festival

September 20, 2021  |  8:00 pm  |   Oakland Library Dimond Branch

Join us at the 2021 Oakland International Film Festival for an outdoor (socially-distanced) screening of the powerful film Atomic Cover-up.

Atomic Cover-up is the first documentary to explore the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 from the unique perspective, words, and startling images of the brave cameramen and directors who risked their lives filming in the irradiated aftermath. It reveals how this historic footage, created by a Japanese newsreel crew and then an elite U.S. Army team, was seized, classified top secret, and then buried by American officials for decades to hide the full human costs of the bombings as a costly nuclear arms race raged.

The film is based entirely on the first-hand accounts of key members of the film crews (from the man who shot an early Akira Kurosawa movie to a pioneering American TV director) and the first vivid 4K transfers of their footage—much of it appearing in an American documentary for the first time—as well as long-hidden official records which document the suppression. These rich, vital materials are carefully assembled for haunting effect and maximum relevance for today as nuclear dangers reach peak intensity and official “cover-ups” expand.

The film’s director, Greg Mitchell, is the author of a dozen books and co-producer of the acclaimed documentary, Following the Ninth. He has served as chief adviser to several documentaries, including Original Child Bomb (winner of the top prize at Silverdocs) and the Emmy Award-winning The Great Depression. His books include the 2016 bestseller The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall (slated to be a movie from FilmNation) and The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, selected by Vanity Fair as one of the “21 Best Books of 2020.” His previous books on the atomic bombings include Hiroshima in America (with Robert Jay Lifton). An earlier book The Campaign of the Century won the Goldsmith Book prize and in 2019 was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of five greatest books ever written about an American campaign.


Oakland Library Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA

OIFF screenings on September 20 are presented by the Oakland Film Society in partnership with the Dimond Improvement Association and Oakland Library Dimond Branch. JPRI is co-sponsor for the screening of Atomic Cover-up.


“Curator Lecture on Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963–1983” Timothy Burgard, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Monday – February 24, 2020 – 5:45 PM
HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Come join us for an illustrated lecture on the making of this internationally acclaimed exhibition (organized by Tate Modern and traveling across the United States). Soul of a Nation celebrates art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse.

The de Young’s presentation includes a focus on Bay Area artists whose work promoted personal and cultural pride, collective solidarity and empowerment, and political and social activism. Honoring the incredible legacy of Black Power in the San Francisco Bay Area, the de Young museum is hosting a line-up of programming and partners tied to celebrating this landmark exhibition. Featuring renowned artists, performers, musicians, activists, civic leaders, and others, these programs welcome special guests from around the Bay Area to bring Black Power to the forefront.

Speaker Bio
Timothy Anglin Burgard is the Distinguished Senior Curator-in-Charge of the American Art Department for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he recently installed the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963-1983.

He is the curator of 29 exhibitions, the installation curator for 16 traveling exhibitions, and the author or co-author of 17 books and 9 articles. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a full-tuition President’s Fellowship from Columbia University, and the Silver Medal of the Royal Society of Arts in London. As a curator, he has pursued his strong interest in contextual, interdisciplinary, and multicultural studies that have transformed traditional categorizations of American art and culture.

5:45-7:00 Lecture + Audience Q&A
7:00-7:45 Reception

FREE and open to the public

Holy Names University (HNU) is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619. This event will be held in the HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA). Click on the following links for driving directions and a campus map (VCPA is marked "D" on the map).

This program is co-presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University.

     Holy Names University  

     3500 Mountain Blvd

     Oakland, CA 94619