TIS hosts community movie night

(This is not a children's movie.) The International School will host a showing of the film “On Paper Wings” sponsored by TIS, the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program Alumni Association (JETAA) and The Yuuyake Shimbun on February 18 starting 6:30 p.m. in the TIS gym.  This community event is open to the public and is free (donations welcome).  Daniel Mick of the JETAA will emcee the event and Ilana Sol, the film’s director, will be at the event.

In her debut film documentary filmmaker Ilana Sol  explores a little-known chapter in the vast sweep of WWII that happened here in Oregon.  In Bly, Oregon, in 1945, a young pastor and his pregnant wife took a group of children on a picnic in the woods--only to discover a strange balloon in the trees.  Constructed of paper and launched from Japan, the odd creation contained a bomb that exploded and killed the children and the young woman.  They were the only people killed in the continental United States as the result of enemy action in World War II.

The balloon bomb was one of 9,000 released in a plan late in the war to send balloon bombs into the jet stream to cross the North Pacific and explode in North America with the aim of instilling panic and fear in the American public.  Most fell into the ocean but a few reached the shores of the country, including the one that came to earth near Bly.
Sol interweaves the lives of young schoolgirls in Yame, Japan who were conscripted to build the paper balloons, the residents of Bly, Oregon, and the Japanese American man who brought them together. For more information about the movie, please see www.onpaperwingsthemovie.com.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spots by February 1 by calling 503.954.6699 or sending an email to newsletter@jettaportland.com.

Keiko Hoshi Buckendahl, TIS Japanese Marketing, Japanese@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496*305