Grave of the Fireflies

Duration: 90 min

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is an indelible anime about a brother and sister trying to survive during the Second World War.

Caught up in the firebombing of Kobe in 1945, Seita and his little sister Setsuko lose their mother and their home. Unable to contact their father on the frontline, they flee to the country, stealing or begging for food. The societal breakdown that inevitably followed the razing of the cities means they are left truly alone to fend for themselves.

Undeniably sad but stunningly rendered, this animation does not flinch from the true human tragedy of war.

Contains moderate war horror.

Club and Group screenings

Wed 22nd Aug 18.40 Intro and post film discussion: Dive into the unexplored depths of the world of Ghibli! Our resident film analyst and Ghibli geek Adam Dobay introduces this screening and holds post screening talks in the bar. Summer of Ghibli - Original Language: What says summer more than Studio Ghibli's unique, inventive and beautifully designed animation. Get out of the sun and be transported away to their magical worlds.

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