Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

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Title: Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World
Running Time: 61 minutes
Year of Production: 2009
Subtitles: English / Spanish


“Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World,” captured the voices of 102 victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as they traveled on a four-month journey around the world aboard the vessel of Japan-based NGO, Peace Boat. The film is about human resilience and the determination of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to deliver a message of hope.

The voyage was meant for the survivors to pass along their stories, memories, suffering and hopes for the future through interaction with people they met at each stop, such as activists, politicians and ordinary citizens. The Hibakusha’s message is to tell the world about the tragedies that took place in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to protect others -regardless of their nationality- from ever having to experience the same horrors they faced because of nuclear weapons.


Writer / Director/ Cinematographer: Erika Bagnarello
Producers: Akira Kawasaki / Erika Bagnarello
Editor: Leo Fallas
Original Music by: Glendon Ramírez
Sound Mix: Nano Fernández
Animations by: André Infante and Roberto Vanderlaat
Graphic Design by: Mariana Pacheco