Flashes of Hope at the International Uranium Film Festival

Peace Boat US is excited to announce that “Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World” – a documentary film captured on the Peace Boat and directed by Erika Bagnarello, has been chosen as an official selection of the 2014 International Uranium Film Festival in Brasil!


Capturing the voices of 102 victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, the film is portrays the human resilience and the determination of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) in order to deliver a message of hope. The voyage was meant for the atomic bomb survivors to pass along their stories, memories, suffering and hope for the future through interaction with people they met at each stop, such as activists, politicians and ordinary citizens. The Hibakusha tell the world about the tragedies that took place 64 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to protect others—regardless of their nationality—from ever having to experience the same horrors they faced.


The 62-minute documentary filmed the atomic bomb survivors’ four-month global journey aboard the Peace Boat, which visited a total of 23 ports in 20 countries from Sept. 7, 2008 to Jan. 13, 2009.




Born and raised in Costa Rica, Erika obtained her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University where she attended as a Fulbright International Fellow in 2004. In 2007 she was selected as one of the recipients of the “Opening Doors Grant” for Emerging Latina Filmmakers established the New York Women in Film and Television Association. By 2008, she was aboard the Peace Boat directing “Flashes of Hope.”


In 2010 she was selected as a 2010 TED Global Fellow (www.ted.com), and later on that year, the Fulbright Association and the U.S Embassy in Costa Rica honored Erika by selecting her as the “Fulbrighter of the Year”, an award given every two years to a distinguished Fulbrighter.


Peace Boat is incredibly proud to have hosted such a prolific young filmmaker, and congratulates Erika on her success with “Flashes of Hope!”


To view the documentary, visit:



For more information on the International Uranium Film Festival, visit http://uraniumfilmfestival.org/en/



This post was created by Sarah Halford, Peace Boat US Intern


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