Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells – April 29th

You are invited to attend a screening of the documentary film Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells from 7-9PM on April 29th hosted by the Alworth Institute.  Please mark your calendars and forward this invitation to others. This screening is part of the Alworth’s “International Lecture” series.   Resonance shows Duluth in a positive light as it highlights the city’s efforts after WWII to mend the scars of the war and re-humanize a former enemy through the return of a centuries-old Buddhist temple bell considered sacred to the Japanese.  Discussions will revolve around how a historical documentary like Resonance acts as a reminder of how citizen action plays a crucial role in restoring positive relations with former enemies in the wake of war. A 30-minute version of Resonance will be screened and followed by director Q/A.

Where: UMD Montague Hall 80 Directions
When: 7-9 PM  4/29 A reception will follow the event.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Alworth Institute

Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells
Resonance tells the forgotten stories of two sacred Buddhist temple bells that survived the scrap metal drives of WWII only to be taken by the US Navy as war trophies and given to the cities of Duluth, Minnesota and
Topeka, Kansas.  In the decades following the war the difficult process
required to return these bells reconnected two nations that had been
torn apart by war.  For Duluth, the return of this bell forged the connection with Japan that later inspired the prosperous Duluth/Isumi Sister City relationship and Peace Bell in Enger Park.

Project History – Project Goals
The documentary film Resonance is built on research conducted in America, Japan and Great Britain.  After learning of over five bells brought to the United States after WWII, a story emerged that focuses on the Duluth and
contrasting Topeka bell story.
In the fall of 2007, a 10-minute excerpt of the film was aired on Twin Cities Public TV in conjuction with Ken Burns’ “The War.” The 30-minute version of the film is an official selection at the 2009 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 15-28th.
Resonance will be entered in national and international film festivals and seek broadcast on both American and Japanese public television.

Support Resonance
Building on the success we’ve had in Minnesota, the next steps for this project are distribution in North America and finishing funds to hire narration for Japanese public television.  Tax-deductible donations can be processed at the screening on April 29th, or click here to donate online.

Visit for further information.

Paul Creager, Director



about 15 years ago

This film sounds wonderful, and I would love to see it.  But, I will be attending the town meeting at the Depot that evening from 5 until 7.  Leaders from MNDOT and the rail authority will be presenting the plans for passenger rail service from Duluth and Superior to Minneapolis.  I urge anyone interested in rail service for Duluth to attend and learn more.  The group putting this on is looking for a big turn out to show support for passenger trains returning to Dulut.  Please join us!


about 15 years ago

both these sound good... Has Paul finally finished the whole film? I've seen it once or twice in different stages of completion.

Rider, just a small FYI, it'd kind of bad form to jump in someone's post to strongly push for a competing event, especially as the lead off comment. And I say that as someone who is pretty interested in the event. Fer heaven's sake it is already on the front page.


about 15 years ago

I don't believe Paul's film is complete yet, edgeways.  It appears as though there will be only a 30 min. segment shown at this event.

Also, I resisted the urge to edit Rider's comment feeling that PDD readers could make up their mind on their own regarding this hijack.


about 15 years ago

Tasteless hijack, I'd delete it.  There's already a whole post dedicated to the subject 2 posts down from this one, and these two posts have nothing to do with each other.


about 15 years ago

I'm so sorry.  I didn't see the post dedicated to the other meeting, and didn't mean to hijack anyone's post.  I just wanted to promote the transportation meeting.  I apologize to everyone for being so rude.  Please chalk it up to being new at this, and being very excited about the other meeting that night.  Again, I apologize.


about 15 years ago

No problem, Rider.  Thanks for the apology.  Attending the transportation meeting is a worthy cause so I can't hardly deny your enthusiasm.

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