I just learned that my documentary, Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II, will premiere at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center on Oahu December 4th, 2019.
The movie starts with the historic memorial services that happened between the United States and Japan in 2016 between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They began to pay their respects to those who perished during World War 2 in Hiroshima, Japan and completed the memorial service at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, HI. It took 75 years for such a meeting to happen. The image of former U.S. President Obama hugging the crying Hiroshima Atomic Bomb survivor, Shigeaki Mori, made the cover of the New York Times, Japan Today, and countless newspapers around the world. This powerful exchange of respect still reverberates today.
I had a chance to meet Shigeaki Mori-san at his home in Hiroshima, Japan. Although he was busy preparing for a speech in front of the United Nations, he was gracious enough to grant me an interview for my documentary, Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II. Please click below to see the trailed which includes a key moment from that interview when I asked him the big question: “Do you forgive Americans for dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima?” Click the image below to see the trailer: