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Documentary Follows Homeless Woman Known As 'Queen Mimi'
Yaniv Rokah is an Israeli-American actor-director.
Yaniv Rokah grew up on the Mediterranean in Netanya, Israel. As a young adult, he moved to New York to become an actor.
Rokah moved to New York in 1999, and to Los Angeles in 2006. He attended New York's Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
Although Rokah landed some small acting roles, he first came to wider attention for his 2015 documentary film, Queen Mimi. The project was funded on Kickstarter.
The subject of the documentary, Elizabeth 'Mimi' Haist, was a homeless woman living in a laundromat frequented by young, unknown actors and helping them do their laundry. Rokah decided to make a film about her. The film garnered substantial publicity while still in production when actor Zach Galifianakis, who had become successful, heard that Haist had been evicted from the laundromat, and arranged to give her an apartment, which Renee Zellweger furnished.