Q&A + Discussion following the film with producer Shizumi Manale.
A collection of surprisingly joyful drawings created by school children living among the ruins of Hiroshima in 1947 becomes the heart and soul of this true, inspiring story about an exchange of gifts between Americans and Japanese after a devastating war. This powerful documentary about reconciliation and the power of gift, introduces the children artists (now in their late 70s) who reflect on their early lives amidst the rubble of their destroyed city and the hope they shared through their art. In 2010, the newly restored drawings, buried for decades deep inside All Souls Church in Washington DC, are taken back to Japan where they are reunited with the artists and exhibited in the very building where they were created.
A companion art exhibit of the same name featuring prints of the children’s drawings from the film, on loan from All Souls Church, will be on display in the lobby of the St. Mane Theatre 9/21 through 9/30 as part of the “In Peace, With Honor” program. A historical exhibition, “From War to Reconciliation: Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition” will also be installed in the building during that time. More information, including viewing hours for the exhibits, can be found here. This screening and exhibit reception is the final closing event of “In Peace, With Honor.”
Film producer, Shizumi Shigeto Manale will be at this screening and exhibition reception to answer questions and share the story of making the documentary.