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The Cats of Mirikitani Details

  • Release Date: Mar 02, 2007
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 14 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Linda Hattendorf

FULL SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker [[Performer~P350518~Linda Hattendorf~lindahattendorf]] offers a remarkable profile of a man who, after surviving one of the most shameful episodes in American history, finds his nation preparing to make the same mistakes all over again. [[Performer~P472266~Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani~tsutomumirikitani]] is an elderly man of Japanese heritage who lives on the streets of New York City, where he makes a meager living peddling his drawings. [[Performer~P472266~Mirikitani~tsutomumirikitani]] specializes in sketches of cats, but that's hardly the only thing he draws. When he was a young man, [[Performer~P472266~Mirikitani~tsutomumirikitani]] lived in California during World War II and found himself in an internment camp in Tule Lake, CA, where Japanese-Americans were stripped of their rights and locked away because of racist assumptions about their loyalties; his years in Tule Lake are a common subject in his more personal work. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, [[Performer~P472266~Mirikitani~tsutomumirikitani]] found life in New York City harder than ever for the homeless, and filmmaker [[Performer~P350518~Hattendorf~lindahattendorf]], who had struck up an acquaintance with the artist, offered to let him move into her home. As [[Performer~P472266~Mirikitani~tsutomumirikitani]] slowly but surely takes over [[Performer~P350518~Hattendorf~lindahattendorf]]'s flat under the gaze of her camera, he shares with her horrifying stories of his days in internment, discusses the emotional scars that have yet to heal from his experiences, and his growing rage over the casual racism that has taken over New York in the wake of 9/11 -- racism which mirrors his own experiences in the 1940s. The Cats of Mirikitani was screened in competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 2007

Cast

Crew

Linda Hattendorf
Director
Linda Hattendorf
Producer
Masa Yoshikawa
Producer
Linda Hattendorf
Screenwriter
Linda Hattendorf
Cinematographer
Masa Yoshikawa
Cinematographer
Keiko Deguchi
Editor
Linda Hattendorf
Editor
Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producer
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