On March 1, 1954, crew members of the Japanese fishing boat “Lucky Dragon No. 5” were astonished to see what appeared to be snow falling while sailing in the Pacific Ocean. They continued to work and gathered up the white “snow” as it fell. The snow was in reality radioactive ashes from a nuclear fallout caused by the detonation of a hydrogen bomb 1,000 times stronger than the Hiroshima blast. The fishermen soon began to fall ill, one shortly died, and many more spent years in the hospital recovering. Director Keith Reimink seeks to tell the stories of three of the surviving fishermen and joins The World Affairs Report to discuss his latest film, Day of the Western Sunrise, which is dedicated to these survivors. Day of the Western Sunrise will premier right here in Pittsburgh on September 29th and 30th , 2018, at the Row House Cinema.
Keith Reimink graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2002 with a BFA in Film and TV Production. A decade of wandering and traveling led him to Antarctica where he spent seven years working for the United States Antarctic Program. There he filmed his first documentary, the award winning No Horizon Anymore, which chronicled a year he spent living and working at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. No Horizon Anymore screened at film festivals in Germany, New Zealand, Alaska, and Hollywood, and received numerous awards including Best Documentary and Audience Choice. In 2013, Keith started Daliborka Films LLC, a Pittsburgh based documentary film company focused on films with a purpose. He is the director/writer/producer for “Day of the Western Sunrise.”