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Wings of Defeat Director’s Talk and Film Screening, February 18, 2009

Documentary filmmaker Risa Morimoto will screen her 2007 documentary Wings of Defeat, which reevaluates the experiences and legacy of Japan’s suicide pilots of World War II, the legendary kamikaze, and features intimate interviews with surviving kamikaze. Upon learning of her uncle’s secret past as a kamikaze pilot, the Japanese American Morimoto was inspired to interview former kamikaze pilots—now in their 80s—who thoughtfully recall and share their fears, their ambivalence, their patriotism, and their guilt as survivors, when thousands of their comrades perished during Japan’s most desperate hour at the end of World War II. Co-produced by Japanese-born writer Linda Hoaglund, the documentary is a rare opportunity to hear the perspectives of those who trained for, flew, and survived suicide missions, as well as Americans who survived such attacks.

Date:  Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Location:  Rawles Hall 100, Indiana University Bloomington

7:00-7:30 p.m.  Talk by Risa Morimoto, director of Wings of Defeat
7:30-9:00 p.m.  Wings of Defeat screening
9:00-9:30 p.m.  Q&A with Risa Morimoto

This event is funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.  For more information, contact kvenit [at] indiana [dot] edu (Katie Venit).