Film Screening: “Paper Lanterns” with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli

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Take in this history-making film and meet with producer Peter Grilli and director Barry Frechette

Film Screening: Paper Lanterns
with Director Barry Frechette & Producer Peter Grilli

Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 pm

The film screening will take place at:
725 Commonwealth Avenue, CAS 211 (second floor)
Boston University, Boston MA 02215

A sushi reception will follow after the screening

Open to the Public! All are welcome!

Paper Lanterns
 tells the little-known story of the twelve American prisoners-of-war who were killed by the atomic bomb at Hiroshima in August 1945. It also introduces Shigeaki Mori, a Hiroshima hibakusha who experienced the A-bomb as a child of eight, and who has devoted much of his life to preserving the legacy of the 12 American victims. Mr. Mori was personally thanked for his efforts and embraced by President Obama following the President’s historic speech at the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park on May 27, 2016.


Moving audiences at Film Festivals across the globe and winning numerous awards for film and score, Paper Lanterns was also featured at the United Nations Disarmament Conference on June 19, 2017.

Producer Peter Grilli and Director Barry Frechette will be present to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. 


Even the worst of events can bring us together and show the best that being a human can mean. On August 6th, 1945, among the tens of thousands that lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima were 12 American POWs. Shigeaki Mori witnessed the blast and survived, but was forever changed. 

Paper Lanterns tells the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of the bomb, but of Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal and the ten other US airmen caught in the hell on earth of that day.  

Our journey in the film takes us from Lowell, Massachusetts to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Hiroshima to tell the story of Mori and the 12 US airmen. And show how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days.

On May 27th, 2016, President Obama was the first sitting United States President to visit Hiroshima, Japan. During that visit, he was seen embracing one of the survivors. That survivor, Shigeaki Mori, was the focus of our documentary. His work recognizing the 12 American POWs killed in Hiroshima have caught the eyes of many in both governments, and Mr. Mori was added to the list on attendees that day. The rest is part of history now. 

   – Director Statement by Barry Frechette