16 September, 2009

The Cats of Mirikitani

Last night my husband and I watched an excellent documentary.  It is called The Cats of Mirikitani, by filmmaker, Linda Hattendorf.  It is a beautiful true story of how one person (the filmmaker) dramatically changed the life of another by  reaching out in extraordinary ways to help a person in need. 

Jimmy Mirikitani is an 88 year old homeless Japanese-American living on the streets of New York City.  His passion to make art is the only thing he has going for him.  When he was a young man,  he was placed in an internment camp for 3-1/2 years during WWII.  His memories of being interred and of experiencing Hiroshima have left him an angry, bitter man whose art is is his only escape.  Then he meets Linda and her compassion  to help this man has a profound impact on his life in so many positive ways.

The Cats of Mirikitani is sad, powerful, poignant and a must see!

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