Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jimmie Mirikitani

I just watched a video that I borrowed from the library where I work: The Cats of Mirikitani. The documentary was okay. It is about a 80 year-old homeless man (Mirikitani) who is taken in after 9/11 by a woman (the film-maker). She helps him get his own apartment and social security. He is an American citizen of Japanese decent and was in an internment camp when he was in his 20's at Tule Lake. It was very sad. The best part of the film was his work. Being homeless, he worked with tools given to him, colored pencils, ball point pens, crayons, etc. I love the way he draws. He is a master of line. It is worth watching if you have access to it. His annual birthday party in New York just passed--he is on Facebook. He is 90 years-old today.

Baci e abbracci.