Cats of Mirikitani
The story of Jimmy Mirikitani - Japanese, homeless, artist, and internment camp survivor - before and after the events of 9/11.
Cats of MirikitaniStarring Mirikitani Jimmy and Hattendorf Linda
Cats of Mirikitani - a documentary by Linda Hattendorf
New York film editor Linda Hattendorf first noticed Jimmy Mirikitani freezing cold in the streets of Manhattan’s Soho, sleeping in front of a grocery store. Later, she returned to buy one of his drawings in exchange for taking a photograph of him. Thus began a friendship between the Ohio-born New Yorker and the 80-year old, homeless Japanese American man. Hattendorf documents their strange relationship and his personal life. Both lives take a turn following 9/11, when Hattendorf invites the homeless artist to sleep in her home since the Manhattan air becomes unbreathable. Stories of Mirikitani’s life in an internment camp begin to unravel.
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