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Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

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.


Post Screening Guests

After the screening of Paper Lanterns,  join us for a Q&A with Director, Barry Frechette and Producer, Nobuko Saito Cleary

Director Barry Frechette works in advertising but felt compelled to make Paper Lanterns when he learned about the story. “Even the worst of events can bring us together and show the best that being a human can mean,” he says. His great uncle was the friend of one of the American POWs, Normand Brissette. This is Frechette’s first film.

Nobuko Saito Cleary serves on the Corporation of Northeastern University and was the inaugural donor to the university's Asian American Center, founded in 2005. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Japan Society of Northern California and the Board of Directors for the Community of School of Music and Arts.

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