In the spring of 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII. Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident.
On Paper Wings is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in Oregon, and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.
Ilana Sol is a filmmaker and archival researcher living in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in the film industry for 20 years on a variety of independent, educational, and commercial projects. One day, her research led her to find out about the Japanese balloon bombs, and she soon found herself spending hundreds of hours researching these bizarre weapons and interviewing the people affected by them. She is the recipient of grants from Oregon Humanities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Oregon Heritage Commission. On Paper Wings is her first film.