On Thursday 8 March at 2pm, on International Women’s Day, the Whitaker Museum will present a screening of A Silent Voice, an award-winning 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film. The film is presented in association with Into Film as part of their Spring Screenings programme celebrating women in animation. Tickets for the screening are free of charge and offered on a first come, first served basis, but must be booked in advance.
In Japanese with English subtitles, A Silent Voice is a sensitive film which tackles themes of disability, bullying and mental health in young people with compassion and understanding. It is produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, featuring character designs by Futoshi Nishiya and music by Kensuke Ushio. It is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima. The story begins with a new student, Nishimiya Shoko, arriving at school. Several of her classmates are shocked to learn of her hearing impairment and, led by popular boy Ishida, take to bullying her. Nishimiya refuses to fight back and, despite her best efforts to appease the situation, it soon reaches breaking point.
A Silent Voice won the Best Animation of the Year in the 26th Japan Movie Critics Awards, where director Naoko Yamade received praise for her work on the film.
TO BOOK: please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-educational-screening-of-a-silent-voice-the-whitaker-rossendale-tickets-41389766907. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis.