Previously at the ICA - Films
15 Mar 2017 – 28 Mar 2017
Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new school where she is bullied by Shoya for her hearing impairment. While Shoya originally leads the class in bullying Shoko, his peers soon turn on him for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again but Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins – but is it already too late?
Based on a popular manga comic focusing on the consequences of bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the perpetrator, this beautifully animated film is directed by one of the most sought-after anime directors in Japan, Naoko Yamada, best known for K-On, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.
A Silent Voice (聲の形 [Koe no katachi]), dir. Naoko Yamada, Japan 2016, 129 mins, Japanese with English subtitles.
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