The Atomic Tree

The Atomic Tree (原爆の木) is a journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world–a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed–and survived–the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this VR experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

World premiere at SXSW Film Festival (2019).

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For screenings and more information, visit the film’s official website.

Directed and Produced by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Written by David George Haskell, Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Narrated by Peter Coyote
Animations by Anthony Ciannamea
Original Music by H. Scott Salinas & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee