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Aug 31, 2015 - I Was Her Age Documentary released!
The "I Was Her Age" documentary is now released!

Young British filmmaker Emma Baggott's documentary follows the delegation of 8 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors and accompanying youth on their journey around the world to share the horrors of nuclear weapons and appeal for their prohibition and eradication. Created in collaboration with Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace, this film is freely available for educational use by citizens around the world.
More details below.

I Was Her Age Documentary from Peace Boat on Vimeo.

A Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World
Eight child survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki travelled the globe onboard Peace Boat's 87th Global Voyage, visiting 24 ports in 23 countries onboard Peace Boat's vessel, the Ocean Dream. During this voyage, they gave testimony at 25 cities in 19 countries.

Collaboration with Mayors for Peace
Events were held in host cities around the world which are members of the global network of Mayors for Peace, focusing on the child survivors meeting local parents with children who are now the age the survivors were in 1945, as well as their teachers. Poster sets and/or messages from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were delivered to 11 cities throughout the world.

A Significant and Historic Project
The 8th Global Hibakusha Project and "I Was Her Age" collaboration was held in the months proceeding the 70th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and serves as both a tribute to the Hibakusha and a reminder of the suffering that they have been through.

A Call to Action in the Midst of Rising Awareness
The projects take place in the context of an increased awareness and concern about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons to which the testimonies of survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki have contributed. Throughout the voyage the Hibakusha called on political leaders to support the Humanitarian Pledge (Austrian Pledge), which promised to "stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks." Testimonies were given in the nuclear weapon states of Russia, the United States, France and India, for mayors, local officials and the community. The Hibakusha called for enhanced collaboration with civil society, mayors and governments worldwide to drive further momentum for the beginning of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

A Message to Future Generations
Creative means including poetry, song, theatre, readings, puppetry, clay animation, comedy, ventriloquism and more were explored in collaboration between the youth and Hibakusha, to pass the message to a wider audience. This "I Was Her Age" documentary is the culmination of this, aiming to preserve the message years after the official end of the project. Civil society groups, schools, Mayors for Peace members and all others are welcome to download and screen this film, to further share the Hibakusha's message and encourage action for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Details of Documentary
Title: I Was Her Age
Film created by: Emma Baggott
Produced by: Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign
Length: 33 minutes

Please contact Peace Boat for further information, including requests regarding public use and distribution of this film: pbglobal(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.
Documents for download
87 Hibakusha Project Report