As part of their tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, the Lone Star Film Society will present Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Dr. Pamela Gossin will provide an introduction and lead a discussion after the screening.
Dr. Gossin studies the interdisciplinary interrelations of literature, history and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the Advisory Boward of Mechademia, the world's first academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga. Dr. Gossin has taught several courses on anime and manga, including "Literature of Fantasy: Anime from Ghibli to Steampunk" and a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki."
The debut film from Miyazaki, Nausicaa is considered by many to be his masterwork - and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaa is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice and eventual triumph.
Guests are invited for traditional Japanese refreshments (Taiyaki and green tea punch) in the Grand Lobby following the screening. Stop by the Modern Shop and peruse a wide selection of Totoro merchandise, manga books and anime costumes.