|YIDFF Network Special Screenings|
The Cats of Mirikitani
- USA / 2006 / English, Japanese / Color / 35mm (1:1.66) / 74 min
Director: Linda Hattendorf
Photography: Linda Hattendorf, Yoshikawa Masa
Editing: Deguchi Keiko, Linda Hattendorf
Music: Joel Goodman
Producers: Yoshikawa Masa, Linda Hattendorf
Production Company, World Sales: lucid dreaming inc.
Octogenarian Japanese-American artist Jimmy Mirikitani is living on the streets. This miraculous story began on September 11, 2001, in front of the director’s apartment building, where the dust was giving Mirikitani coughing fits. This film portrays the trajectory of sixty lost years of Mirikitani’s life returned to him, and his mind becoming healed by friendship and art. A winner of numerous prizes at film festivals worldwide.
[Director’s Statement] After 9/11, everything changed. In the middle of all the pervasive fear and hatred, I decided I wanted to do something positive. The human mind and soul are capable of accomplishing much better things. With those kinds of feelings present in my mind, I tell the story cinematically of one man’s first-hand recollections.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hattendorf studied literature, art history, and media studies in college. She has been involved in documentary film production in New York for more than ten years. The Cats of Mirikitani is her first film as director.