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The Cats of Mirikitani at Renwick Gallery


On Sunday 8/29, there will be a free screening of The Cats of Mirikitani at 2pm in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 17th Street).

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, local filmmaker Linda Hattendorf befriended him and brought him into her home. In this documentary, the two unexpected friends embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. The film is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art.


The screening is in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Gaman which showcases arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps during World War II.  A Mirikitani painting is included in the exhibit.

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, now 90 years old, will attend. After the screening, filmaker Linda Hattendorf and co-producer Masa Yoshikawa will answer questions from the audience. DVD signing to follow.

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