Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Cats of Mirikitani (2006)

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 powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. 2006 74 minutes

This is a moving and sensitively done film about outsider art. It is well worth finding. Netflix has it. It is in the same vein as The Soloist.

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