Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Venue: Camera 3
Time: 2:30

Paper Lanterns

Barry Frechette / USA / Documentary / 2016 / 60 mins

When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, Shigeaki Mori was 8 years old. Among the estimated 140,000 casualties that day were 12 American prisoners of war, but for years their families didn’t know their fate. Mori, who witnessed and survived the bomb, made it his life’s work to memorialize the victims, including the POWs. He spent 35 years tracking down the servicemen’s family members and learning the details of their captivity and deaths. This documentary follows Mori as he reaches out to the families of two POWs.