A project for an Interactive Documentary class at NYU lets viewers assume the roles of crew members of the Enola Gay; the B-29 dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshoma in August, 1945.
Hidezaku Furuya’s work requires each "player" to wear a headset, reading the lines required to execute the Enola Gay’s horrific and world-changing mission. Afterward, the documentary plays back, allowing participants to hear themselves as participants in the recreated death of more than 100,000 people.
Furuya writes about his work:
I want to ask the audience about “justice”. Might is right, or winning is everything. But are victors always right? Also, are losers in all the wrong? Is it right to do anything for justice? Justice for whom? What is Justice? …
This is the inscription on the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Memorial Monument: “Rest in peace, because the same mistake will not be repeated”. By whom? Of course, by we human beings, not only by Japan.
I believe human beings can lead to the realization of real peaceful world by learning from history beyond generations, cultural gap or religious conflict.