PHOTOS - "Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013

Photos from the free "Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at the 2013 Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema. The panel was led by Brian Ruh, Sandra Annett, and Christopher Bolton who have all studied the animated films of Oshi Mamoru.

The panel discussion was preceded by a screening of Oshii's film "Ghost in the Shell".

At the start of the discussion there was a brief run down of Oshii's bio and film work and then the panelists explained why anime films by Oshii Mamoru have become the basis of western academic study while the majority of other Japanese anime films are avoided. The general conclusion was that academics enjoy delving into films by Oshii because they often pose conceptual questions that require complex answers like the three below:

"Where is the line between human and machine?"

"Does a machine that gains a soul deserve the rights of a human?"

"How is it that Ghost in the Shell can be a feminist film while also seeming to objectify the body of Motoko Kusanagi?"

Click here to read more about the philosophy of Ghost in the Shell.

There was also a brief discussion about the difference between the works of Oshii Mamoru and Hayao Miyazaki. The consensus was that Oshii's films are conceptual while Hayao's are humanist.

This was followed by a Q&A led by the audience.

All-in-all this screening/panel was definitely a highlight of the festival for me.


"Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013 - Brian Ruh, Sandra Annett, and Christopher-Bolton 
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

"Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013 - Brian Ruh and Sandra Annett
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

"Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013 - Brian Ruh, Sandra Annett, and Christopher-Bolton 
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

"Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013 - Brian Ruh, Sandra Annett, and Christopher-Bolton 
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

"Oshii Mamoru Panel and Screening" at WFAC 2013 - Brian Ruh, Sandra Annett, and Christopher-Bolton 
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)

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