Magic Lantern film club
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you enjoy a magical evening of film, friends and wonder.
Supporting Awamu charity, working with vulnerable kids in the slums of Kampala who dare to dream big.

Seita! Grave of the Fireflies

16.02.09    Widcombe Social Club, Bath

Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their soldier father’s destiny is unknown, the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies.

I’ve got goosepimples just thinking about this showing.  We met people at Bath Train station and guided them along the candle lit canal to the Widcome Social Club.  The screening coincided with pancake day thus free pancakes were on offer, as well as Gee Wizz Dan Popcorn Man being on hand for all your popcorn needs.  Photo Credits – Alex Craven

We gave out Magic Lantern tissues at this event and if you’ve watched Grave of the Fireflies you’ll know why.   I first saw this movie at the Pheonix Picture house in Oxford and EVERYONE in the cinema was crying at some point, even the men.  Heart-wrenchingly beautiful this film in my opinion is the BEST WWII movie out there.

I really like this top comment on the trailer on YouTube – “When people talk about WWII it s eems like w e always lament only the American soldiers and the american people who died, but what about people like seita and setsuko? It seems like today in people’s eyes, they don’t matter. Out of all the WWII movies that I’ve seen, this is by far the best. It didn’t need to have blood and gore for it to be a masterpiece, rather it touched your heart in a simple, more humane way, that takes real talent. Pearl harbor has NOTHING on this movie, NOTHING.”

Tragic, harrowing, Insightful, beautiful, thought provoking, stunning, saddening clever, subtle jees just watch it if you haven’t!   (oh yes and make sure you watch the Subtitled version not the Dubbed, and stay clear of the live action remake!  🙂 )

The trailer says it all – watch here

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