Filmmaker Ilana Sol in attendance
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 the U.S., and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.
Shown with the short film
Germans In The Woods
2009 SALEM FILM FESTIVAL GRAND JURY AWARD
Directed by Tim Rauch
United States, 3 minutes
A World War II veteran describes the worst night of his life during the Battle of the Bulge.
Ilana Sol (Director)
Ilana Sol is a filmmaker who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in the film industry for ten years on a variety of independent, educational and commercial projects. She currently works part-time at the Northwest Film Center in addition to doing freelance research and production work. When her hobby of historical research led her to find out about the Japanese balloon bombs, she soon found herself spending hundreds of hours researching these bizarre weapons, and traveling thousands of miles to meet with those affected by them. Truth is often stranger than fiction, and this has solidified her love of documentary filmmaking. She is the recipient of grants from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Oregon Heritage Commission.