Filmmaker Linda Hattendorf offers a remarkable profile of a man who, after surviving one of the most shameful episodes in American history, finds his nation preparing to make the same mistakes all over again.
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My demand for objectivity in a documentary goes out the window with this remarkable story. We witness an unexpected friendship shaped by two historic tragedies: 9/11 and the internment of Japanese Americans. The vivid artwork is but a hint of what Jimmy saw when he closed his eyes and seemed lost in the halls of memory. The DVD extras should be appended to the film; they bring a satisfying emotional closure.
I found this to be really good, ultimately a feel-good story but with its shades and bitterness present.
It also stands as an example on how the documentary film-maker doesn't need to be just an "observer of its subject", it's participatory action documentary.
When Jimmy Mirikitani was 25 years old he was arrested, stripped of his citizenship, and imprisoned for more than three years by the US government.
This beautiful, delicate documentary finds Jimmy, now 81, a homeless painter in New York. We fall in love with Jimmy as he tracks down lost family members and friends, and recounts his experience of oppression. All against the backdrop of post-9/11 racial profiling...