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The Cats of Mirikitani

Tuesday, September 12, 2023  |  6:00 PM

211 Spencer Art Museum (no food allowed; access through west doors only)


Post-film Q&A with the film's director, Linda Hattendorf


About the Film

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 filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. This documentary is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art.


About the Series

The movie series is part this year’s migration program funded by our Title VI grant. Under the conceptual umbrella of “Global Asia,” which seeks to address diverse perspectives on pressing national and international issues, the program will address diverse migration-related issues and concerns through educational activities such as a movie series, workshops, and a spring conference.


Explore other films in the series: Minari, Carved in Silence, and War Brides of Japan


Sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Departments of Art History, Film & Media Studies, Curriculum & Teaching, and American Studies.


  • Hannah Johnson
  • Michelle Morrison
  • Thomas Tuozzo
  • D. Olson

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