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Paper Lanterns | Global Peace Film Festival
Sept. 18-23, 2018 | Orlando, FL

Paper Lanterns

Screens with: Forgive – Don’t Forget

Director: Barry Frechette
US/Japan, 2016, 60 mins

Even the worst of events can bring us together and show the best that being human can mean. On August 6th, 1945, among the tens of thousands that lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima were 12 American POWs. Shigeaki Mori witnessed the blast and survived, but was forever changed.

Paper Lanterns tells the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of the bomb, but of Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal and the ten other US airmen caught in the hell on earth of that day.

Our journey in the film takes us from Lowell, Massachusetts to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Hiroshima to tell the story of Mori and the 12 US airmen. And show how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days.

The film is directed by Barry Frechette, and Max Esposito is DP and Editor. The music is composed by Chad Cannon, and features Silk Road Ensemble shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki and Japanese pop singer Mai Fujisawa (vocals on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and daughter of the famous Japanese composer, Joe Hisaishi), and was recorded in the historic EastWest Studios by a Hollywood orchestra.

Friday, 9/22, 7pm, Valencia Winter Park
Saturday, 9/23, 12noon, WP Library