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100 Wonders: Battleship Island

Posted on 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In this episode of Atlas Obscura, host Dylan Thuras uncovers yet another mystifying corner of the world: Hashima Island, otherwise known as Ghost Island, Hell Island, and The Island Without Green. Hashima was one of the most densely populated places in the world during its heyday as a coal mining hotspot from 1887 to 1974. Japanese mining industries relied first on Chinese and Korean prisoners of war from WWII to sustain their industrial endeavours, and then eventually hired on more corporate miners after the war. When oil replaced coal as Japan’s key energy source, the concrete highrises of Hashima closed down, abandoned as quickly as they were inhabited. With no human imposition, maybe the Island Without Green will prove its name wrong.

Produced by Dylan Thuras

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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