A Doctor’s Sword Screening and Q&A at Bertha Dochouse in London
Gary Lennon’s acclaimed documentary A Doctor’s Sword will have a special screening in Bertha Dochouse in London on Saturday the 18th of March at 6pm. Tickets can be booked here.
The film tells the incredible story of Aidan MacCarthy, a UCC trained doctor from West Cork who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II (including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki) and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword, which now resides in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere.
Dr. Aidan MacCarthy stands as one of the most incredible survivors of World War II. He survived Dunkirk and was later captured by the Japanese in Java; he spent four years as a POW and was just a few hundred metres from the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. He was the first non-Japanese doctor to assist in the relief effort after the bombing.
From the ashes of Nagasaki Aidan MacCarthy was given a sword by a Japanese officer but its provenance was shrouded in mystery. In A Doctor’s Sword, Aidan’s daughter Niki travels to Japan and attempts to find this Japanese officer that gave Dr. MacCarthy his ancestral sword. On her journey Niki discovers much more about her father and his remarkable story and the war from both the Allied and Japanese sides. Recreated through animation this is a story of survival, forgiveness and how humanity can scale the highest heights.
If you can’t get to London to see the screening you can also purchase the film on: