Cubechoice: The Cats Of Mirikitani
Tue 7 December 2010 // 20:00
Wed 8 December 2010 // 20:00
(Tues 7th, Wed 8th / 8pm / £4/3)
(Linda Hattendorf / USA / 2006 / 74 minutes / 12A)
A new fairytale of New York that follows the journey of Jimmy Mirikitani, from homelessness through the horrors of 9/11 as he must come to terms with his past to live fully again in the present.
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 film-maker 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.
What begins as a simple verite portrait of one homeless man will become a rare document of daily life in New York in the months leading up to 9/11. This is the story of losing "home" on many levels. History repeats itself, but here hope endures.
Cubechoice is a monthly film night celebrating the documentary genre. The Cats of Mirikitani is the first in this series.