Film at UN sheds light on bombing of Hiroshima

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Paper Lantern producer Peter Grilli (left) and director Barry Frechette (right) at the UN radio studio in NY.
Photo: Elizabeth Scaffidi

The atomic bombs dropped by the United States in August 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens-of-thousands instantly, were a watershed event in human history.

One little-known fact is that 12 American Prisoners of War, were being held close to the centre of the blast in Hiroshima at the time.

A documentary about them and the extraordinary actions over the years that followed of one local humanitarian to honour their memory, was recently screened at UN Headquarters.

"Paper Lanterns" tells the story of 8-year-old survivor Shigeaki Mori and his kindness towards two of the POWs' families who, for decades, knew only that their loved ones were officially Missing In Action.

Director Barry Frechette and producer Peter Grilli, spoke to Liz Scaffidi about the film at UN Headquarters.

Duration: 4’53″

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