Katahimikan, 2500

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Abstract Two girls, Jun and Mia, travel together from their small village to a faraway rocket ship station. Along the way, Mia is confronted with the reality of humanity’s destruction of the world, while Jun grapples with having to lose her closest friend. Standing at the rocket’s doors, Mia is forced to choose between leaving Earth and Jun, and a pathway to a new existence among the stars. The film touches on the pain of leaving home for a better life, while also picturing a world after humanity. Through a lens of posthumanism and narrative theory, the film asks what it means to be human, and meditates on images of unrequited love and post-apocalypse. It explores Japanese Buddhist and Zen Aesthetics as they relate to hand-drawn animation.

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