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HBO Relives The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Exactly 62 years to the day, HBO will air White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The documentary includes interviews with 14 survivors from the deadly atomic-bomb blast that killed more than 210,000 people, as well as with four Americans intimately involved with the attacks on Japan.

Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki also uses archival footage and photographs that were banned for 25 years after the war.

“With White Light/Black Rain, I wanted to tell one of the great human stories of one of history’s monumental tragedies,” said Okazaki, who met more than 500 survivors and interviewed more than 100 people before choosing the 14 subjects featured in the film. “The personal memories of the survivors are amazing, shocking and inspiring. They put a human face on the incalculable destruction caused by nuclear war.”