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Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

June 29 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Brilliant Darkness explores the vital role that darkness plays in the cycle of life (and the damaging consequences of the ongoing erosion of truly black nights) through a study of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Firefly populations have been declining as artificial lights have increasingly disrupted their “languages of light.” The film features artists and scientists who are working to better understand firefly flash patterns and how these interesting insects have adapted to urban settings. Among the experts included in the film are Rei Ohara, Nobuyoshi Ohba, Marc Branham, James Lloyd, and James Karl Fischer. Following a short documentary essay, the second half of the film consists of quiet scenes of fireflies in their habitats shown in sequence. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. (Emily Driscoll, 2015, 35 minutes) Special thanks to Marty Gross.

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