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The Cats of Mirikitani



 
Volume 37
The three films on this volume tell stories of personal loss, discovery and transformation that resonate with hope-filled meaning. In the exquisite Cats of Mirikitani; a homeless Japanese American artist reconciles with his bitter past and finds family, new friends and a new life.
An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Lost in painful memories, eighty-year-old Japanese American artist Jimmy Mirikitani lived on the streets of Manhattan, resisting any human connection or assistance and obsessively pursuing his art. Among his lovely, lyrical drawings of cats could be found darker, angrier images that revealed a troubled past. In early 2001 film artist Linda Hattendorf noticed Jimmy and his work, and slowly a tentative friendship emerged that would change both of their lives. When 9/11 engulfed Soho in toxic smoke, Hattendorf took Jimmy in to live with her, and an extraordinary journey began which gradually gave the artist the courage to confront his past in the World War II internment camps and embrace a new life. This is a story of remarkable compassion, courage and transformation that unveils the wounds of war at the same time it celebrates the power of human connection and healing. Winning over 20 Festival awards, including Tribeca, this jewel of a film is storytelling at its very best.

ON THIS DVD:
The Cats of Mirikitani: Linda Hattendorf (74 minutes)
Pilgrimage: Tadashi H. Nakamura (23 minutes)
Lost and Found: Gail Noonan (6 minutes)
The Cats Of Mirikitani
A Tribute to Those We Lost The Cats of Mirikitani

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