Pom Poko

Monday, February 8

Post-film discussion with DarkMatter! 35mm print — Japanese version with English subtitles

In this powerful and provocative anime from the legendary Studio Ghibli, a race of magical, shape-shifting raccoons band together to fight back when capitalist developers threaten to build over their home. The film is a favorite of DarkMatter, (Alok Vaid-Menon & Janani Balasubramanian) the South-Asian trans performance art duo dedicated to challenging the standard cultural conversations surrounding trans and non-binary people of color in both straight and LGBT communities. They write, “Raccoons are associated with trash, nighttime, danger, and disease…In this film they are powerful, creative, imaginative, and community driven — all while under incredible economic and environmental duress from human civilization…” You won’t want to miss this post-screening discussion.

  • Country Japan
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1994
  • Running Time 119 minutes
  • Director Isao Takahata