Hiroshima Day Coalition

August 02, 2005 10:26 ET

Kids Make a Film for Kids About Nuclear Weapons

Canadian Premiere at Toronto Ceremony for 60th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 2, 2005) - A sixteen-minute documentary made by two thirteen-year old boys from Chicago will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto on August 6th. "Genie in a Bottle: Unleashed" describes the development of nuclear weapons, the decision to use the bomb and questions the inevitability of a nuclear future. The film is being shown as part of a commemoration ceremony for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki sixty years ago.

One of the filmmakers, Stephen Sotor, will attend the screening of the film he made with his friend, Trace Gaynor. Stephen did the camera work and editing. Trace conducted the interviews as well as composing and performing the music. "Genie in a Bottle: Unleashed" is their second film and has been entered in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. The film was shown at the United Nations at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2005 and there is interest in using the film in schools.

The film is intended for young people. The boys did research on their classmates to make sure the film was pitched just right. It evidently works for adults too as an enthusiastic reviewer at the UN reported that "no event came anywhere near this screening for vitality, for laughs or for holding the audience's total attention."

Hiroshima Day is a solemn occasion but these boys have managed to honour the past with a film that gives hope for the future.

"Genie in a Bottle: Unleashed" will be shown in the evening portion (7-9 pm) of Hiroshima Day events at Nathan Phillips Square.

For information about Hiroshima Day see: http://baystreetraginggrannies.nonprofitnet.ca/Toronto_Hiroshima_Day_Coalition.htm

/For further information: A summary of the film, press clippings and limited numbers of preview copies of the DVD are available.

Thirteen-year old filmmaker Stephen Sotor will be available for interviews August 5-6.

Additional media contact:
Martha Goodings
416 532 5697


Contact Information

  • Anna Jaikaran, Hiroshima Day Coalition
    Primary Phone: 416-656-5739
    Secondary Phone: 647-280-0594
    E-mail: awoolley@chem.utoronto.ca