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Spirited Away with Toshio Suzuki Q & A

Providence Children's Film Festival

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

Spirited Away with Toshio Suzuki Q & A

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Providence Children's Film Festival and Rhode Island School of Design are pleased to present Spirited Away followed by a special Q & A with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. 

In this 2003 Oscar Winning film, ten-year-old Chihiro travels with her parents to a new home in the countryside. Taking a wrong turn on the way lands them at what appears to be an abandoned theme park. It is here that Chihiro’s parents are unrecognizably transformed and she finds herself in a world she can barely understand. Chihiro must call upon a new found inner strength to help her in difficult situations and finds she must adapt to the complex, ambiguous characters in order to understand this strange world and figure out who to trust. Once Chihiro begins to control her own destiny, she finds supportive friends to help complete her tasks and, in the process, discovers abundant courage and a sense of responsibility.  She (and other characters) come to realize that the inner power they find is not based on magic spells or objects that render opponents senseless, but in the energy that flows from love, forgiveness and non-violence. Spirited Away is a remarkable achievement that young and old can enjoy and learn from.   

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away showcases the depth and complexity found in all Miyazaki films. A characteristic often missing in American animation. Not fond of computers, Miyazaki draws thousands of frames himself, and there is a painterly richness in his work.  He is famous for throwaway details at the edges of the screen and permits himself silences and moments of contemplation which serve as punctuation for the exuberant action and the lovable, often grotesque, characters he creates. Spirited Away is considered the most successful film in Japanese history. The British Film Institute lists the film in their top ten list of films you should see by the age of 14. 


(Japan, 2001) / In Japanese with English subtitles. / Ages 10+ / 124 minutes


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RISD Auditorium
17 Canal Walk
Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

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