A tragic film following a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. With their mother killed and father missing, the siblings fight for survival in an abandoned shelter and find respite and entertainment from fireflies lighting the sky overhead. The two must depend on each other to keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs as the uncertainty and scarcity of war rips apart the only world they know.

Directed by Isao Takahata. Produced by Toru Hara.


Grave of the Fireflies

1988 JP 89 min
Festival Year: 2015
Types: Animation, Narrative
Topic: Global Perspectives