Guard Towers to Twin Towers: The Cats of Mirikitani, and Enemy Alien – smARTfilms: Executive Order 9066 at Eighty
Past Event

This double feature draws attention to the parallel experiences between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the post-9/11 Islamophobia.

The Cats of Mirikitani (2006) 1h14m

Documentary about Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor, Linda Hattendorf, persuades elderly Jimmy to move in with her, while seeking a permanent home for him. The young woman delves into the California-born, Japan-raised artist’s unique life which developed his resilient personality, and fuels his two main subjects: cats and internment camps.

Enemy Alien (2011) 1h10m

A Japanese American filmmaker finds echoes of his own family’s World War II internment in post-9/11 arrests of Muslim immigrants and joins the struggle to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian activist. Farouk organizes resistance among his fellow detainees, incurring abusive retaliation from his captors, as Homeland Security officials investigate the documentary itself, arresting Farouk’s son.



smARTfilm series offers two film showings each day!

Matinee: 2pm
Evening: 7pm



Series Passes – $40 Member | $48 Non-Member

See all 5 films for the price of 4!
Series pass holders are entitled to attend one showing per film (five total showings per series pass). Series pass holders can use their pass at their choice of either the matinee or evening showing for each film. Simply show up at your desired showing and we’ll check you off our list!

$10 Member | $12 Non-Member

Members: Use promo code NEVERFORGET for your Member Discount! (look for “enter promo code” link at the top of the Ticket order page)


BIMA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees of programs held in the Frank Buxton Auditorium or BIMA Classroom. Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about this policy here.


Mar 8, 2022


Frank Buxton Auditorium at BIMA



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Trailer: Cats of Mirikitani

Trailer: Enemy Alien