In the spring of 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII. Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident. On Paper Wings 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 40 years after WWII and the balloon bomb project. Ilana Sol is a filmmaker and archival researcher living in Portland, Oregon. One day her research led her to find out about the Japanese balloon bombs and she soon found herself spending hundreds of hours researching these bizarre weapons and interviewing the people affected by them.
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For more information, contact Liz Goodrich at 541-312-1032.
With support from Bigfoot Beverages, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, P.C., Century Insurance Group, LLC; the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors and Summit Bank.