Oscar-nominated Japanese documentary director died in his sleep at 96

The Oscar-nominated Japanese documentary Hiroshima: Stones After the Sun, the story of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, has drawn a tremendous amount of interest and acclaim. The film, which is nominated for an Academy Award,…

Oscar-nominated Japanese documentary director died in his sleep at 96

The Oscar-nominated Japanese documentary Hiroshima: Stones After the Sun, the story of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, has drawn a tremendous amount of interest and acclaim. The film, which is nominated for an Academy Award, was highly praised by Japanese and Americans alike. Now, news that David Frink, director of the film, has passed away in his sleep at the age of 96, adds to that appreciation.

Frink was a rare living person who was present at the first day of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. In fact, he was there the day the first bomb detonated – 90 years ago today. However, he was six months old at the time. Frink, who was educated in the United States and taught at the University of Pennsylvania for a decade, was also an advocate of nuclear disarmament.

He opposed the development of nuclear weapons in Japan. And in his documentary, “He wanted to share what he saw with the world,” Maya Aridamanova, who co-directed the film with Frink, told the New York Times.

Over 3,000 people died instantly from the atomic bomb. Nowadays, the film site on which the memorial park sits, is visited by more than 20 million people annually. Frink was a prominent advocate for the establishment of the memorial site and called it a “final resting place for souls,” CBS News reported.

Frink died Saturday at his home in Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his three daughters.

Read the full story at CBS News.

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