The Art of Japanese Animation

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
  • August 22, 2015 - 11:00am

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Isao Takahata, 1988)

11:00 am: Screening of Grave of the Fireflies
12:45 pm: Gallery spotlight tour, led by a Modern docent. Admission is free for this tour with your film ticket.

A devastating meditation on the human cost of war, this animated tale follows Seita, a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko, after an American firebombing during World War II separates the two children from their parents. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. The siblings rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive.                           

89 minutes; Unrated *May not be suitable for all audiences; Japanese with English subtitles

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Saturday, August 22; 12:45 pm: Please join us for a gallery spotlight tour, led by a Modern docent. Admission is free for this tour with your film ticket.

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth joins with Lone Star Film Society's ArthouseFW in celebrating the art of,Japanese animation.

Screenings are held in the Modern Art Museum auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Lone Star members and Modern Reel People, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 7. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.themodern.org. Tickets will also be available for sale in person at the Modern's admission desk .

Dr. Marc Hairston and Dr. Pamela Gossin counseled the Lone Star Film Society and the Modern in the selection of the films for this series, and one or both will introduce the films and be available for discussions following the screenings.

Dr. Marc Hairston is a scientist who researches space weather using the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamic Investigation (CINDI), a project utilizing a satellite that studies how neutral gas motions and charge particle motions are related. Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. Along with Dr. Pamela Gossin, Dr. Hairston teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki."

Dr. Pamela Gossin studies the interdisciplinary relationships of literature, history, and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the advisory board of Mechademia, the world's first English-language academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga. Along with Dr. Marc Hairston, Dr. Gossin teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki."