Bring Mr. Mori to the USA

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Raised by 154 people in 6 months

Help fund Shigeaki Mori's first trip to the USA.  Memorial Day, 2018

      Back in 2013, we started out on the journey to create a film that has become Paper Lanterns.  The film is about Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal, and ten other American POWs that were killed in Hiroshima as a result of the atomic blast. The story itself is told through the eyes of an unlikely hero.  His name is Shigeaki Mori.  He is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, being only 8 in 1945.  Mr. Mori would go on to spend more than 40 years researching and memorializing the lives of the POWs that were killed there.  Mr. Mori researched the fate of each one, and reached out to find family members back here in the states.  To provide information where he could, and to make sure each one was recognized as victims of the bombing. To make sure they was remembered.  During the making of the film, we were able to bring Susan Brissette Archinski and Ralph Neal to meet Mr. Mori in Hiroshima.  It was the first time he would be visited by family members of the fallen POWs.

Paper Lanterns Trailer

    The Mori’s have worked so hard to show us what peace and reconciliation means.  It’s time for us to help write this final chapter for them.

With your help, we can write the final chapter. 

We’re planning on bringing Mr. Mori, and his wife, Kayoko, to the United States in May. They would travel to San Francisco for screenings of the film, and then on to Boston, where they would spend Memorial Day in Lowell, MA, the home of Normand Brissette.  We will also have a public screening in Boston with the Mori’s as our special guests.  

To bring them here will take funds, and that’s why we are here.

With their age in mind, we need to find the best way to let them travel in comfort.  Here’s a list of the things the money will be used for:

-Airfare/Train tix from Hiroshima, Tokyo to SF, then SF-Bos, and then back to Tokyo/Hiroshima.
-Hotels and transfers
-Their meals and any other support they will have once here.
-Travel within the states that will include SF, Boston, Lowell(North Shore), possibly NYC
-Costs to capture video and any additional content of the trip here.

What happens if the trip needs to be cancelled?

Even with all the best planning, something might come up that will put a halt to the trip. If something delays the trip, we will hold the funds and use as soon as an alternative date can be set.  IF the trip has to be cancelled and rescheduling is not possible, we will do our very best to return the funds.  If we can't track you down or you submit anonomously, we'll plan on donating any remaining funds to the Centerville Vets Monument fund in Lowell, MA.
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Airline tickets and hotels are booked. Mr. and Mrs. Mori are coming to the USA! Thanks to all of you that have supported the GoFundMe campaign and spread the word about our campaign. So many from here in the USA and Japan helped us along the way. I'll post the dates that we will have public events and screenings of the film on our facebook page and our website ( http://paperlanternfilm.com/) . There will be screenings in San Francisco and Boston, and an event in Lowell, MA. They will be here in the states from May 22 through early June. My thanks to all of you for making this happen and making some really big wishes come true!
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It's March 7th. and we are just over 12k. Amazing. With the funds we have , we are looking at booking travel for them this week and starting to get official travels dates together. My thanks to everyone who has helped out and shared the links. We're going to do this.

Barry and the PL team
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Hello everyone,
We are a few weeks in and almost halfway to our goal! Some many people have offered to help this cause, and we can't thank you enough. And thanks for spreading the word to others and on social media. It all makes a difference!
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