Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure but important moment in American history. As the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert, Pauline Silvia, the filmmakers mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program.
In our present moment of Wikileaks, Pauline is a similar whistle-blower having been cowed by the silencing machine of the US military for decades. In an attempt to reconcile with her own mothers past, her daughter, filmmaker M.T. Silvia, meets Emiko Okada, a Hiroshima survivor trying to resolve her own history in Japan. The film follows these survivors, each on a different end of atomic warfare, as they meet through the filmmaking process, and as they, with startling honestly, attempt to understand the other.
Atomic Mom invites viewers to confront American nuclear history in a completely new way and will inspire dialogue about human rights, personal responsibility, and the possibility and hope of peace.
Ms. Emiko Okada is very excited that Atomic Mom will screen at the Hiroshima Peace Film Festival, as are many people in Hiroshima. Making a contribution here will help me to travel to Hiroshima with the film. It will bring it all full circle for me and will be one of the most significant screenings that could happen for Atomic Mom. Any support will be greatly appreciated!