Lighthouse Cinema April 12th 6 PM. Access Cinema who run this annual festival are showing the film as a mark of respect to the great animator who sadly passed away early this year. Cinemagoer’s will be familiar with Jimmy’s work like ‘Snowman’ and When the Wind Blow’s but may not be aware of the dark chapter of his childhood when he and his family spent four years in an American concentration camp during WW2. Sé Merry Doyle’s documentary uncovers the story of what happened to thousands of Japanese Americans after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. This Loopline Film Production has received awards at festivals and will screen soon on RTE TV
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Starting on the 15th December the wonderful Sottodiciotto Film Festival in Turin is honouring the career of the Oscar nominated Japanese American Animator, Jimmy Murakami, with a dedicated retrospective of his life’s work. Also showing is Sé Merry Doyle’s documentary “Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien” which tells the story of Jimmy’s incarceration alongside 40,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor . Jimmy is in very exalted company as Turin are also having retrospectives on Alan Parker “The Comittments”, Jaco Von Dormael, “Toto the Hero”, Marco Risi, “Maradona, the Hand of God“, Delphine Gleize “Carnage”, and Andrea Segre, “The Green Blod”. Among the films to be screened from Jimmy’s amazing catalogue are his evergreen “Snowman”, his apocalyptic nuclear war film ‘”When the Wind Blows”, Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” plus his groundbreaking experimental works: “Breath”, “The Magic Pear Tree”, and “The Good Friend”. Jimmy who has been based in Ireland for the last forty years is delighted that Turin is honouring him with such a vast retrospective. Is it not time that Ireland followed suit as most filmmakers here would acknowledge Jimmy’s contribution in kick-starting the Irish Film Industry?
The New York International Film Festival screens Sé Merry Doyle’s film, ‘Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien’ on the 23rd November at 1pm in the Quad Cinema New York.
In this award winning feature documentary, the famous animator of ‘Snowman’ and ‘When the Wind Blows’ makes a pilgrimage back to Tule Lake Concentration Camp, where alongside his family, he was interned for four years after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The film has had several prestige screening worldwide and won the ‘Director’s Choice Award’ at the Sacramento International Film Festival.
‘Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien’ screens at the Washington DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on the 9th October. In this award winning feature documentary, the famous animator makes a pilgrimage back to Tule Lake Concentration Camp, where he was interned alongside his family for four years after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.