IPPNW Student Discussion on “The Vow from Hiroshima” and the Importance of Medical Student Activism


“The Vow from Hiroshima” is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a passionate, 89-year-old survivor of the atomic bombing. Her moving story is told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi. “The Vow” will be available to stream on 7-8 August for our event’s participants.

With introductory remarks from the filmmakers Mitchie Takeuchi and Susan Strickler followed by comments from Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow in a conversation with IPPNW international medical students movement from Kenya, India, Russia, United States and Germany. Register now to join the conversation on 9 August.

As a 13 year old child, Setsuko miraculously survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an experience that shaped her life forever as a tireless activist for nuclear abolition. The film is a timely exploration of the global dangers of nuclear weapons and provides an insider’s perspective as we see Setsuko work with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The culmination of Setsuko’s decades of activism is her acceptance speech at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo and the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2021. 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Register now to access the film stream and discussion