Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Vow From Hiroshima


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 83 minutes

The Vow From Hiroshima
The Vow From Hiroshima
The Vow From Hiroshima
The Vow From Hiroshima

Setsuko Thurlow was only 13 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Decades later, she still vividly remembers the sudden flash of light and the horrific suffering and destruction that followed. While many of her friends and family perished in the blast, Setsuko miraculously survived. In Japan, Setsuko is known as a Hibakusha, a survivor of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Because of the cultural stigma associated with being an atomic bomb survivor, many who have lived through this nightmare have stayed silent about their experiences. But Setsuko has dedicated her life to advocating for international nuclear disarmament, traveling the world and sharing her story with anyone who will listen. Today, Setsuko is one of the only living witnesses to the unimaginable devastation of nuclear warfare. At the age of 85, she is still fighting to ensure these weapons are never used again. An intimate portrait documentary of one of the last of the Hibakusha, THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA follows Setsuko on her tireless journey towards international peace and nuclear disarmament. (In English and Japanese with subtitles) — G.S.

Listen to THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA episode of CIFF Speaks here.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:50 PM ET

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:50 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Pan-Asian Cinema
Women of the World

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Susan Strickler

Mitchie Takeuchi, Susan Strickler

Jennifer Hahn

Judd Blaise, Phyllis Famiglietti, Roger Schulte

Print Source

Community Partners

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Cleveland Peace Action

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