If you haven’t had a chance to see filmmaker Jessica Oreck’s fascinating documentary film Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo yet, it looks like tonight is your best chance to do so.

The film, which we posted about here a lot in the summer of 2010, will air on PBS tonight as part of the Independent Lens film series. Visit the official site for the film over at PBS, where you can also check your local listings to see when and where the edited-for-TV version of the film will air.

What’s the movie about?

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects. A labyrinthine meditation on nature, beauty, philosophy and Japanese culture that might just make you question if your ‘instinctive’ repulsion to bugs is merely a trick of western conditioning.

If you can’t see it on PBS tonight but want to watch the film in theatres, there will be a few screenings in the next few months, in Minnesota and London, England. Visit the film’s official site to see the screening schedule and all the other information you could possibly want to read about it.

Today also marks the release of the film on DVD. As the filmmaking team behind the movie said themselves,

All proceeds from sales made through our online shop go directly toward funding our next films, The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga and Pipe Fire, so buying Beetle Queen from us is a great way to support our past and future work!

View the film’s official trailer below.



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