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GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
SUBJECTS --- U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WWII and Japan; Cinema;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING --- Human Rights.
Age: 13+; Not Rated.(There is no sex or graphic violence shown in this film); Animated in the style of Japanese Anime; 1988; 89 minutes; Color.
This heartbreaking film shows two orphaned children trying to survive the aftermath of the American incendiary bombing campaign that preceded the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It shows one example of the effects of the Second World War on civilians and provides a clear example of the tragedy hidden behind the euphemism "collateral damage." Roger Ebert said,
"Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation." Another critic compared the movie to Schindler's List saying that: "It is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen." See Roger Ebert's Review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Grave of the Fireflies shows how to use the film on its own or to supplement units on civilian casualties in WWII or in any war. The movie can also be used to support TWM's Mass Casualties Lesson Plan, which explores the decision to drop atomic bombs to end WWII.
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