Civic Theatre film: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES


April 13 (Thursday)
Civic Theatre film: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
7 p.m.

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of films in conjunction with Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. The series includes films about artists who fold, artists who slice, and Japanese culture both real and imagined. Screenings are at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at

Tonight’s film is Grave of the Fireflies (1988), a critically acclaimed Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semiautobiographical short story Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, the film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times considered it to be one of the best and most powerful war films and, in 2000, included it on his Great Movies list.

Watch a trailer here.