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Springdale, UT
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On Paper Wings
Ilana Sol 2008 | Documentary, Feature

Run time: 67 min. | U S A
During WWII, the Japanese military developed a new weapon intended to strike directly at the American continent  the balloon bomb. High school girls across Japan were conscripted into factories where they built thousands of balloons made of paper. These balloons were then attached to bombs and launched into the jet stream to drift toward North America. On May 5th, 1945, a pastor, his pregnant wife, and five children departed on a picnic in Southern Oregon. When they found an un-detonated balloon bomb, the device exploded, killing the pastor's wife and all five children. They became the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII.Forty years later, a Japanese American man who had spent his wartime years in an internment camp found out about these deaths. He knew several women in Japan who as young girls had been forced to work on the balloon bombs, and the news of these deaths shocked and saddened them. These women decided to fold a thousand paper cranes to offer to the families of those killed in Oregon, and the groups eventually all met face to face. The friendships formed since have helped citizens on both sides of the Pacific cope with the tragedies they experienced during WWII.This is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in Oregon, and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.
Ilana Sol

Ilana Sol
Eric Schopmeyer
Peter Broderick
Tara Jane O'Neil
Annie Patzke
Betty Mitchell
Cora Conner
Diane Jordan
Dottie McGinnis
Kinue Saito
Tetsuko Tanaka
Toshiko Inoue
Yaeko Yokomizo
Yuzuru 'John' Takeshita



Tarantula Cabaret
97 Bumbleberry Ln.
Springdale, UT 84767
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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