august, 2020

wed05aug7:00 pm8:00 pmEngageAsia Film+Maker Series: PICTURES FROM A HIROSHIMA SCHOOLYARDTurning horror into hope7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Teacher: EngageAsia Aligned Living Quadrant:Heartfelt Community,Knowledge of Systems


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings of Japan by joining us online for the Film+Maker Series with EngageAsia!

Co-sponsored by MIT Japan

In 1995, a box is uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington D.C. In that box are 48 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier. The brightly colored pictures depict scenes of beauty and joy. None of the pictures reflect the horror that these children had endured when a bomb, like no other before it, was dropped and detonated above their homes in the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

On the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, join EngageAsia, MIT Japan Program, and The Aligned Center for a live interactive discussion with Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard Producer Shizumi Shigeto Manale, Director Bryan Reichhardt, and Colleagues.

We encourage you to watch the film prior to the webinar: Film Link Here

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.

Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard was supported by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the City of Hiroshima / Mayor of Hiroshima, and the United States-Japan Foundation, among many others.

Running With Cosmos Flowers
Filmmaker Shizumi Shigeto Manale is also the author of Running with Cosmos Flowers: The Children of Hiroshima, which comes out in paperback on August 2, 2020.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm ET
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EngageAsia, founded by Aligned Center member David Janes and Stomu Miyazaki, is a non-profit organization which engages teachers in innovative programs to build cross-cultural understanding and foster peace and community between the United States and countries throughout the Asia-Pacific.


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