Tokyo Podcast 33: Forgive Don’t Forget
When Japan surrendered to the United Stated in 1945 numerous swords were taken from Japanese soldiers and given to American officers stationed in the Pacific. Paul Ufema is a documentary filmmaker who’s grandfather was an officer in the US Navy and was given 3 Japanese swords, which were passed down to Paul’s father and then eventually to him and his brothers. For many years the swords sat in the basement collecting dust until Paul decided to team up with fellow documentary filmmaker Brad Bennett to see if they could return the swords to their rightful owners in Japan.
Their film Forgive – Don’t Forget follows the journey of one particular sword and attempts to examine the theme of forgiveness and it related to the dynamic between Japan and America since the end of WW2.