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Jimmy Murakami: Non Alien

RA 8

The world reknowned animator Jimmy Murakami (When the Wind Blows, The Snowman) was 8 years old when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour during World War Two. Like many other Japanese-American citizens, the Murakami family was evacuated to a concentration camp called Tule Lake in the California desert.

Considered a threat to national security, Jimmy’s family, along with many thousands of other internees, spent four years in the camp where they suffered all kinds of deprivations and where his young sister Sumiko died of leukemia. Jimmy, now in early retirement, decided to return to this period of his life by creating a series of stunning paintings that illuminate his memories of prison life. He also finally chose to return to Tule Lake Camp.

Sé Merry Doyle’s wonderful film follows this extraordinary journey with great compassion and grace.

Gráinne Humphreys
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Director: Sé Merry Doyle
Producers: Martina Durac, Vanessa Gildea