Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat has organised the "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project" since 2008. This is a documentary film of the first project following 103 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) as they visited 23 ports in 20 countries from September 7, 2008 to January 13, 2009. They traveled around the world onboard Peace Boat to share testimonies and their
messages for nuclear abolition to citizens and governments.
This film follows the journey of the Hibakusha, particularly Setsuko Thurlow - who migrated to Canada after experiencing the bombing of Hiroshima, and will soon be jointly accepting the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
From the perspective of a Costa Rican filmmaker Erika Bagnarello (Costa Rica Filmworks: costaricafilmworks.com), the film introduces the hopes folded into the orizuru - origami paper cranes - through the original animation "Sadako (a girl who died of cancer as a result of radiation)," and "flashes of hope" for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Including commentary by experts from Australia, the US, UK and elsewhere who participated in the voyage, the film also shows the links between nuclear weapons, power and mining, as well as the effects of nuclear testing.
The film is recommended as an introductory educational material on nuclear issues by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, and has been screened at the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference (May 2010), film festivals at the United Nations and around the world since its completion in late 2009.