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FSU International Film Series to Present "Himatsuri"

Frostburg State University's Fall 2002 International Film Series will present "Himatsuri" on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Atkinson Room 201. This series is sponsored by Center Stage and the Department of Student & Community Involvement.

According to the Washington Post, "'Himatsuri' is a powerfully mysterious look at Japan's loss of innocence, a movie of strange beauties alive with a reverence for nature."

The villagers are divided into the woodsmen, who worship the mountain goddess, and the fishermen, who worship the goddess of the sea. A planned marine park threatens their tradition-based lifestyles. Tatsuo, a macho lumberjack, is married with two children, has four elder sisters and is under pressure to sell the family land to the developers. When the fish pens are deliberately contaminated by oil, the fishermen suspect Tatsuo. The film's climax comes in the "himatsuri," or fire festival, a purging of the evil spirits that introduces a shocking conclusion.

This film, which runs for about two hours, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For information, contact the Lane University Center Information Desk at (301) 687- 4411. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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