Film+Makers Series: Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard – Turning Horror into Hope

On the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, EngageAsia, in partnership with the MIT Japan Program and the Aligned Center, held a live interactive discussion with Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard Producer Shizumi Shigeto Manale, Director Bryan Reichhardt, leaders from All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, DC, artists from Hiroshima, and other key individuals involved in the film.

About the film:
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.

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