Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
Sadako is a young Japanese girl with a lively spirit and big dreams to match. Each year on Peace Day, Sadako and her family attend the memorial to remember those who died when the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima nine-years earlier. Although Sadako wasn't harmed in the actual bombing, she begins to have dizzy spells. She is diagnosed with leukemia, a common tragedy in Japan resulting from the radiation. Her best friend gives her a golden origami crane, and reminds her of the story that says if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Sadako begins to fold the little paper cranes and tries hard to hold on to her faltering hope.