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Flashes of Hope

Hibakusha Traveling the World

Directed by Costa Rica's Erika Bagnarello, the film, "FLASHES OF HOPE: Hibakusha Traveling the World," captured the voices of 102 victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The film is about human resilience and the determination of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to deliver a message of hope. The voyage was meant for the atomic bomb survivors to pass along their stories, memories, suffering and hope for the future through interaction with people they met at each stop, such as activists, politicians and ordinary citizens. The Hibakusha tell the world about the tragedies that took place 64 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to protect others--regardless of their nationality--from ever having to experience the same horrors they faced.

The 62-minute documentary filmed the atomic bomb survivors' four-month global journey aboard the vessel of Japan-based non-governmental organization Peace Boat, which visited a total of 23 ports in 20 countries from Sept. 7, 2008 to Jan. 13, 2009.

The video presented above is a clip from this film. More information on the complete film is available at PeaceBoat.org. Individuals and groups wishing to purchase the DVD may contact pbglobal@peaceboat.gr.jp.