Patema Inverted

Patema Inverted
  • Saturday August 21, 2021 11:00 AM


An overlooked gem, Patema Inverted (2014) is the perfect fantasy fable for our divided times. Patema is a young girl living in a steampunk underground world wondering about a rumored surface world. Age is a boy living on the surface in an authoritarian society with legends of sinners who were snatched up into the sky. When Patema finds her way to the surface world and meets Age, their worlds and their worldviews collide, starting with the key question “which way is up?” Special guest speaker Dr. Marc Hairston, Professor of Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, will introduce and discuss the film.

August 20–22, 2021
Join us as we celebrate the Japanese anime genre—films that are visually stunning, richly imaginative, and poetic in their story telling.
Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for Modern members, $7 for Modern Reel People members. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 3. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or by visiting the museum’s admission desk. 
Films are curated and introduced by Dr. Marc Hairston.

Dr. Marc Hairston, Professor of Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, is a research scientist using several NASA and Air Force satellites to study space weather—the effect of the sun’s solar winds on Earth’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere. In addition to his science work, Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. He regularly teaches courses at the University of Texas at Dallas examining the themes of science fiction and fantasy in anime and manga, specifically focusing on individual anime creators such as Miyazaki, Shinkai, Hosoda, and Takahata. For the past several summers, Dr. Hairston has enjoyed bringing new and classic anime films to his hometown of Fort Worth through the Modern’s annual ANIME AT THE MODERN series.