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2024 Film Screening for the 79th Anniversary
Tuesday August 6, 1 - 3 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Located in the Frick Fine Arts Building across from the Main Carnegie Library, Oakland

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Please join Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Pitt, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom for the film showing of this inspiring documentary. The filmmaker will take questions after the showing.

This event is FREE, all are welcome! Please register here so we can track attendance!

The Vow From Hiroshima is a poignant documentary that delves into the life of Setsuko Thurlow, a remarkable survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. At just 13 years old, when the bomb devastated her city in 1945, Setsuko suffered a harrowing experience, which is vividly captured in this intimate portrait. The film chronicles her enduring friendship with second-generation survivor Mitchie Takeuchi, offering a moving narrative of resilience and determination. 

 

Setsuko's story is one of tragedy and triumph, as she recalls being pulled from a burning building after the bomb's impact, unable to save her 27 classmates who perished in the flames. This pivotal moment shaped her lifelong commitment to ensuring that no one else would suffer the same horrific fate. 

 

Through decades of tireless activism, Setsuko's journey culminates in a powerful milestone - the realization of her dream with the establishment of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Setsuko made the acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway. 

 

Join us for an enlightening afternoon as we explore the legacy of courage and advocacy embodied by Setsuko Thurlow. 

 About the Filmmaker: THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA is the first documentary by Susan Strickler. The film won the Audience Award at Ojai Film Festival and BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER DOCUMENTARY at Reading FilmFest. Currently, THE VOW is being broadcast on Public Television and is shown in high schools, colleges and community groups around the country.  In Japan, the film has been widely released in 19 cities and appeared on Wowow TV. Prior to THE VOW, Susan directed over 700 hours of daytime television for  The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light and Another World. She won a DGA Best Director Award and a Daytime Emmy Award.

 

Please join us on Monday August 5 at 7pm for a Zoom exchange with faculty and students at Kobe University, Japan. Learn more here.

Many thanks to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Pitt for partnering with us on this event and organizing a venue on campus with technical support!

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