The Cats of Mirikitani Directed by Linda Hattendorf, 2009
“Poignant beyond words ... is comparable to finding a pearl in a pile of oyster shells.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing power of community and art, this film has won awards at some 20 festivals, including prizes at Tribeca, Tokyo, Bermuda, Bologna, Paris, Philadelphia, Sedona and Sun Valley.
Additional Scenes; Image Gallery; Trailer
Tribeca Film Festival: Audience Award Winner; Durban International Film Festival: Best Documentary Winner; Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival: Frida Awards for Best New Director Winner; Paris Cinema Film Festival: Audience Award Winner; Femmina International Film Festival: Press Prize for Best Doumentary Winner; Tokyo International Film Festival: Best Picture Japanese Eyes Winner; Filmfest DC: Audience Award Winner; Tromso International Film Festival: Norwegian Peace Film Festival Winner;
"An irresistible fable of reconciliation and forgiveness"
"Poignant beyond words... is comparable to finding a pearl in a pile of oyster shells."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
“A profoundly gripping film, with a cumulative impact that may well wipe you out.” --New York Magazine, Bilge Ebiri
“A fascinating, absorbing, and instructive tale, full of delayed revelations and subtle pleasures...” --The Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum