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EngageAsia Film+Maker Series

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Pictures From A Hiroshima Schoolyard

Turning Horror Into Hope

In 1995, a box is uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington D.C. In that box are 48 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier. The brightly colored pictures depict scenes of beauty and joy. None of the pictures reflect the horror that these children had endured less than two years earlier when a bomb, like no other before it, was dropped and detonated above their homes in the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

Join us at The Aligned Center in Irvington, NY, for our third event in the Film+Maker Series with EngageAsia!

Q+A with filmmaker Shizumi Shigeto Manale from Washington, DC


A collection of surprisingly joyful drawings created by school children living among the ruins of Hiroshima in 1947 becomes the heart and soul of this true, inspiring story about an exchange of gifts between Americans and Japanese after a devastating war. This powerful documentary about reconciliation and the power of gift, introduces the children artists (now in their late 70s) who reflect on their early lives amidst the rubble of their destroyed city and the hope they shared through their art. In 2010, the newly restored drawings, buried for decades deep inside All Souls Church in Washington, DC, are taken back to Japan where they are reunited with the artists and exhibited in the very building where they were created.

Shizumi Shigeto Manale is a dancer, performing artist, choreographer, director, author, and film producer born in Hiroshima and raised in Osaka, Japan. She has received numerous awards for her works, nationally and internationally.

Shizumi’s primary and original artistic discipline has been dance. From an early age, she was trained in Japanese traditional Kyogen and Noh Theater and Jiuta-mai traditional dance. Later she studied at the San Francisco Conservatory Ballet. Among her other notable achievements: the documentary film Shizumi Dance Theater, which was produced by Time-Warner Cable Television in VA and won the ACE award; the documentary film Geisha: An Artist’s Journey, which she co-produced has aired frequently on PBS since 2007 and was selected for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2008. It premiered at National Geographic Society in 2008. Shizumi is currently producing a documentary film about a 400 year-old peace Bonsai tree which survived the Atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

Shizumi is also a prodigious author. Her play White Frost Falling was performed at The Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Scotland in 2005 and shown on a BBC television documentary. Her Japanese-language children’s picture book and storytelling DVD 48 Colors of Dreams was privately published in Hiroshima in 2012 and in 2019 copies were distributed to schools in the Hiroshima region. The English version, Running with Cosmos Flowers, was published by Pelican publisher on 2014. Shizumi’s new Japanese fiction book Crayons of Dreams on Hope was published by Bungeisa in Tokyo in 2019.

Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard was supported by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the City of Hiroshima / Mayor of Hiroshima, and the United States-Japan Foundation, among many others.

For more information about the film, visit: http://www.hiroshimaschoolyard.com/.

$20 includes film and Q+A with the filmmaker. RSVP below to reserve your space.

EngageAsia, founded by Aligned Center member David Janes and Stomu Miyazaki, is a non-profit organization which engages teachers in innovative programs to build cross-cultural understanding and foster peace and community between the United States and countries throughout the Asia-Pacific.


March 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Aligned Center
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