By Dillon DeLancey

Laramie High School World Literature students recently watched a documentary about the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Japan during World War II.

The film, “White Light Black Rain” was shown to the Honors World Literature and Composition class.

“The goal was to give the students insight on the bombings to write their research papers on a certain area, in this case Asia,” World Literature teacher Nicole Bondurant said. “The film shows the survivor’s point of view and the bomber’s side of things. This really gives a lot of people empathy for them and does a great job of showing both sides.”

Students felt that the film was graphic however it affected their perceptions on life.  

“The whole thing is pretty tragic and overlooked,” LHS sophomore Andrew He said. “There were elderly survivors that had their ribs showing from surgeries and it was overall pretty graphic and tragic. It also had me thinking about just how nice I have it. I complain about the smallest things and these poor people had actual things to complain about.”

The film caused some students to think about the destruction modern nuclear weapons cause. 

“It was really eye opening, seeing what those people went through and how devastating it was,” LHS sophomore Mitchell Gray said. “To see people watch their families dying was pretty saddening. It’s also pretty scary, seeing how nuclear bombs have since improved in devastation capabilities and how they are still a possibility in war.”

Rachel King, a sophomore, was particularly affected by the damage the bombs caused.

“I always knew that the bombs were pretty devastating but to see the incredible detail of just how much damage they managed to cause was pretty disturbing and I was shocked,” King said. “Seeing the survivors give lots of details gave me a whole new perspective.”

Students even felt that the film has current relevance in regards to North Korea advancing its Nuclear Weapons program. 

“The movie really hit me seeing all the lives that were lost and damaged in the bombing,” LHS sophomore Amelia Marlatt said. “Hearing the stories from these people who lost families was really heartbreaking and I was just kind of in shock during the movie. Right now, with the whole North Korea nuclear controversy, I think it’s important to know what happened to Japan since it applies.”