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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

1hr 58mins
Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki
Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda
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Before the film, BU biology professor Pamela Templer will discuss environmental change, including climate change, atmospheric deposition, and urbanization.

Written and directed by legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic masterpiece of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time.

A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects. The peaceful Valley of the Wind is nestled on the edge of the Toxic Forest and led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, whose love of all living things leads her into terrible danger, as she fights to restore balance between humans and nature.


Pamela Templer is a professor in the Department of Biology at Boston University. She received her PhD from Cornell University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in Berkeley. She has published over 100 papers on a wide range of topics, including the effects of climate and air quality on biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and water in forest ecosystems. She is particularly interested in the feedbacks between climate change, air pollution, and urbanization on the functioning and health of New England forest ecosystems and how these in turn affect human health. She is Director of the Boston University URBAN Graduate Program, and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

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