Grave of the Fireflys (DCP)
Dir. Isao Takahata (1988); Japan, 90m
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi
Programmed by: Makaveli Gresham
FRIDAY, November 8TH AT 9:30PM
SATURDAY, November 9TH AT 9:30PM
SUNDAY, November 10TH AT 5:30PM
A portrait of the citizenry of Japan throughout the Pacific War, Grave of the Fireflies generates a remembrance and visceral understanding of the impact on the Japanese themselves. Manga and anime have often been used for Japanese self perception, allowing for a distinct reshaping and outlet for historical trauma. However, for us in the United States this film is a chance to reconcile our own military actions. Understanding them from a purely human perspective as opposed to the Americentrism that permeates our interaction and education of the events of WWII.