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On Paper Wings
Many think the only attack on U.S. soil during World War II was Pearl Harbor. Less is known about six people killed in the southern Oregon town of Bly, resulting in WWII's only continental-U.S. casualties. The culprit? Japanese balloon bombs: gigantic, hydrogen-filled paper balloons sent into Pacific jet streams and designed—ingeniously in theory, not so much in execution—to autonomously drop bombs on the U.S. On Paper Wings goes beyond simply explaining this strange tactical experiment. Director Ilana Sol focuses on three sets of people, all children when the bomb hit Bly: the Japanese schoolgirls ordered to create the balloons, family members of Bly's victims (five children and a pregnant preacher's wife), and a Japanese-American child, interned at nearby Tule Lake, who 40 years later bridged the gap between the groups. In finding such unique connections, Sol transcends boring histrionics. On Paper Wings examines war's toll on the innocent—both victims and unwilling participants. AP KRYZA.
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