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Echoes from the Apocalypse
by Anderson Giles
and Bill Francis
The Imagination Company,  2007
214 pages
1 hour 30 minutes
Plus extra features

Language: English

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Echoes from the Apocalypse
Tinian 60 Years Later

This documentary begins with the quote: "The Associated Press recently voted the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the top news story of the 20th century." Echoes from the Apocalypse documents the 60th anniversary commemorations during the summer of 2005 on Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands.

The documentary was created by Bill Francis with Anderson Giles, whose father was a U. S. Marine on Tinian and is a retired professor of art from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Since the 1980's he has traveled to Tinian numerous times to explore the island and serve as a battlefield guide for veterans and their families. Echoes from the Apocalypse follows Giles prior works: Ghosts on the road to Tinian (1994) and The Thunder from Tinian (1996).

The 1 hour 30 minute documentary follows the Battle of Tinian with World War II veterans telling their recollections while exploring sites on Tinian Island with Giles. Included is an exploration of North Field which was developed by the U. S. Army Air Force into a major base for B-29 Superfortresses for attacks on Japan. At the airfield was a top secret area where the two atomic bombs were assembled and loaded from atomic bomb pit no. 1 an which is enclosed with glass and made into a memorial.

The documentary is scored with a new age musical sound scapea by Spotted Peccary Music. The DVD includes extras including "Big Four Interview" a sit down interview with four men: two Japanese and two Americans about their recollections of World War II and the atomic bombings and "Images by Andy" (11:30).

Review by Justin Taylan

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March 5, 2018

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