Nominated for an Academy Award, John Junkerman's documentary film Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima captures the artists Iri and Toshi Maruki in their decades-long collaboration to create a testament to the effects of the atomic bomb- the Hiroshima Murals, which have been viewed by over 100 million people around the world. Haunted by the memories of Hiroshima after the atomic blast, the Marukis began a series of monumental paintings depicting what they had seen. With engaging interviews and extended sequences of the Marukis at work, Hellfire reveals a message of hope in our nuclear age, and is a reminder of the power of art to render visible and meaningful what still seems unimaginable.
"These 15 ‘Hiroshima Murals’ constitute one of the world’s most powerful and sustained expressions of the effect of the atomic bomb." - The New York Times
"To say that these pictures are forceful, fearsome, and haunting is to understate the case. They’re plainly
amazing." - Detroit News
"Maruki’s paintings are portraits comparable to Picasso’s Guernica and an urgent plea to prevent what happened twice from happening ever again." - Publishers Weekly