The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will screen local director, writer, producer Jessica Orecks award-winning film “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the museum. Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager Mariko Kageyama will provide an introduction to the film in both English and Japanese. .
“Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” travels backward through time to explore the mystery of Japan’s love affair with bugs. The film uncovers Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners’ perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and the mundane realities of their day-to-day routines. Oreck explains, “This movie is an untangling of the cultural web and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.”
This film is true to Oreck’s filmmaking passion, which she describes as “ethnobiology,” the way cultures interact with the natural world. Orek says of her art, “It is my hope that my synesthetic, stylistic approach will encourage active viewership, persuading each audience member to spend more time contemplating our place in the natural order of things.”
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