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Paper Lanterns – Film Screening (Free)

May 24, 2018 - May 25, 2018


May 24, 2018  (Thursday)  6:00PM [Free, no registration required  Museum Admission info]
Asian Art Museum   200 Larkin St., San Francisco  

May 25, 2018 (Friday)  6:30PM  [Free, but please RSVP below]
Community School of Music and Arts  230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View 


Please join us for welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Shigeaki Mori from Japan. 

MIT’s The Tech newspaper

 “a testament to forgiveness and compassion.”

Directed by Barry Frechette and produced by Nobuko Saito Cleary, the film follows Shigeaki Mori, a Japanese historian and atomic bomb survivor, and his 35 year-long journey to find the families of 12 American prisoners of war (POW) that perished during the Hiroshima bombing.


When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, Mori was 8 years old. But after witnessing such a devastating atrocity he made it his life’s work to memorialize all of its victims, including the American POWs. Mori had discovered that Japan’s memorials had left out these 12 names and consequently set about tracing their histories and families, and creating a new memorial for them. Mori even took a night job as a security guard to pay for it. The film remains as an inspirational example of overcoming the divisions and prejudices of wartime to find peace and solidarity.

The final scene of “Paper Lanterns” (shown above) depicts Mori’s emotional encounter with President Obama on May 27, 2016. 


Barry Frechette 監督、ジャパンソサエティ理事の Nobuko Saito Cleary がエグゼクティブプロデューサーを務めたドキュメンタリー『灯篭流し(Paper Lanterns)』の上映会を実施いたします。

『灯篭流し(Paper Lanterns)』は、オバマ元大統領との抱擁で有名になった広島の歴史家森重昭氏を描いたドキュメンタリーです。森重昭氏は、広島で原子爆弾の犠牲になった14万人余りの中に被爆米兵捕虜12人がいたことを知りました。そして、彼らの記録の断片を紡ぎ合わせてきたのです。米国のメモリアルデーを前に、とても意味のある上映会になることと考えています。また、森ご夫妻は初めてアメリカにいらっしゃるとのことです。(そして、初めて飛行機にお乗りになるそう!)ぜひこの機会に森氏の声を感じてください。

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