Tomorrow at New York City's Japan Society is Films For Hope, an international showcase of movies and short features inspired by Japanese animation. The event's date is no coincidence, as it falls a decade after 9/11 and six months after the Tōhoku earthquake. Notes io9 friend Marcelo Gallegos of this event over at Cinespect:

Themes which are prevalent in Japanese animation are particularly significant in light of both 9/11 and the recent earthquakes. A vengeful mother nature, often reacting to modern man's exploitation of the natural world, has its roots in Shinto beliefs and stories. Unease and tension experienced during the last 50 years of rapid modernization of Japan have given birth to apocalyptic landscapes and dystopian Neo-Tokyos. Terror manifests itself as demons, aliens and malevolent automatons. History shows that the Japanese have experienced tragedy and hardship in many forms, and have a singular insight into its effects. Through animation, the Japanese display their incredible resilience, reverence and creativity which have made them such a significant international influence [...]

At first glance, it may seem odd to spend 9/11 watching a day's worth of animation inspired by (or from) Japan. However, considering the massive loss Japan has endured with the March catastrophes, it seems an ideal fit as grief and remembrance is a social bond inasmuch as a personal experience – much like going to the movies.


Among those films being screened at the fundraiser are Pixar's new short La Luna and Dai Sato's Norageki! You can read more about it at the Japan Society's website.

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