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A Vow From the Ruins

A Vow From the Ruins is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a passionate, 85 year-old woman who survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. It is told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi.

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The film follows Setsuko Thurlow as an activist and educator through the decades up to the current moment when she might finally realize her dream of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.


As a powerful and inspiring speaker, Setsuko has become one of the leading voices for ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). ICAN just won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts