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Drinks with a Director: Grave of the Fireflies

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Aug. 4, 2020
7:00pm – 7:30pm

Drinks with a Director: Grave of the Fireflies

Described by the late movie critic Roger Ebert as “one of the greatest war films ever made,” Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of two orphans struggling to survive in Japan during the last several months of World War II. Produced by Studio Ghibli, the 1988 film is based on writer Akiyuki Nosaka’s personal experiences of the devastation of war. Director Isao Takahata also drew from his own memories of the bombings of Okayama City to create what the New York Times has called “one of the most startling and moving animated films ever.

Join us for an after-hours discussion with two Washington-based film industry insiders, as part of the Asia Program’s series of events in assessing the legacy of the Pacific War during the month of August. This will also be the inaugural discussion for our Drinks with a Director series.

Grave of the Fireflies can be streamed via Hulu, and is available for rent on Vudu and Apple TV. We encourage audiences to watch the film on their own prior to the event to be ready to join in the discussion.

Due to the ongoing social distancing protocol, this will be an online-only event and login details will be provided to those who register in advance.


Christian Oh

President of the Board, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Mary Ratliff

Mary Ratliff

Social Media and Editorial Specialist

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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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