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Program Title: How to Fold a Paper Crane
EASC Code: JH-11
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: Arts & Music
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: George Levenson
Producer: Informed Democracy
Release Date: 1994
Running Time: 30 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "In ancient Japan, people believed the crane lived for a thousand years. And there is an old legend that if you fold a thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant your wish. In recent times, people throughout the world have been touched by the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl from Hiroshima who developed leukemia from the atomic bomb. Sadako began folding a thousand paper cranes in hopes that she would be well again. Today, the paper crane is an international symbol of peace and perhaps the most popular and elegant example of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Every year, millions off cranes are sent to the Children's Monument in Hiroshima's Peace Park, and Sadako has become a contemporary heroine of peace. In this video a whimsical pair of hands, guided by a lively narrator, demonstrates how to transform a square piece of paper into a graceful crane in 26 clearly presented steps. Each fold is numbered on the screen for easy reference, and the program is divided into segments to assist classroom instruction and allow for different levels of skill and speed."
Data Entry Date: 2/12/2001