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Animezing: Grave of the Fireflies

  • Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) 1150 18th St NW Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

**This event is free and open to the public, but registration is REQUIRED. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Please click the "Tickets Available" link above to register.**

Grave of the Fireflies is a deeply personal and emotionally powerful animated film about the devastating effects of war. Told in a flashback through the memory of a young soldier, the film accounts the desperate attempts he and his little sister make to survive the final months of World War II. This achingly somber anti-war movie is one of Studio Ghibli's most profoundly beautiful and haunting works.

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is considered a masterpiece and a landmark in animation. Roger Ebert called it "an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made."

Winner of Animation Jury & Rights of the Child Award (Chicago International Children's Festival 1994), Special Award (Blue Ribbon Awards 1989).

Please note that this film contains some thematic elements. Recommended ages: 12 and up.