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Scored in Silence: Digital Season 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Japan, London-based deaf Japanese artist Chisato Minamimura presents a special 24-hour film screening of an extract of her solo digital sign language theatre performance “Scored in Silence”, which premiered in the British Council Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 showcase.

The work unpacks the hidden perspectives of deaf people from the handful that survived the horrors of the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945.

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed and between 120,000 and 155,000 people were killed instantly with a total of 317,000 killed directly or indirectly by the bomb's effects.

Watch on Youtube on Thursday 6 August for 24 hours only, from 8:15am Japan time/12:15am UK time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, to mark Hiroshima Day.

To mark Remembrance Day, we will be screening the full-length film version of “Scored in Silence” with Q&A on 11 November 2020. For more information, please subscribe to Chisato Minamimura’s Youtube channel. We will be sharing details on that platform shortly.

Supported by Arts Council England, Unlimited, Disability Arts Online, Dash Arts, This Too Is Real and Scary Little Girls​​​​​​​

"The testimonies defy the imagination; witness to the falling of black rain on a landscape filled with corpses. It is a powerful and heartbreaking piece of storytelling, emphasising the isolation experienced by deaf people” — Colin Hambrook, Editor, Disability Arts Online​​​​​​​