I had the pleasure of meeting Eliaichi Kimaro when she submitted her feature film, A Lot Like You, to the 2012 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. We unfortunately were unable to fit this terrific documentary into our lineup that year, but Eliaichi lead a workshop on documentary filmmaking that was very well received.
Synopsis for the www.alotlikeyoumovie.com:
Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her parents retire and move back to Tanzania, Eliaichi begins a project that evocatively examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents.
Kimaro decides to document her father’s path back to his family and Chagga culture. In the process, she struggles with her own relationship to Tanzania, and learns more about the heritage that she took for granted as a child. Yet as she talks to more family members, especially her aunts, she uncovers a cycle of violence that resonates with her work and life in the United States. When Kimaro speaks with her parents about the oppression her aunts face, she faces a jarring disconnect between immigrant generations on questions of patriarchy and violence.
Here are some upcoming 2013 performance dates (check the website frequently for more!):
October 23: ALLY screening/lecture events with filmmaker at University of New England(Maine).
October 17 @ 7pm: Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be speaking at Knox College (Galesburg, IL). Event sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Life.
October 15-16: ALLY screening/panel/lecture events with filmmaker at DePaul University(Chicago), including Laura Kina‘s class on Mixed Race Art and Identity.
October 14: ALLY screening/lecture at Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL)
October 8 @ 6:30pm: Vancouver Asian Film Festival presents A Lot Like You screening + discussion w/Director Eliaichi Kimaro. Alice MacKay room, Vancouver Public Library.
October 2: A Lot Like You screening & discussion w/filmmaker at California State University–San Marcos. Sponsored by Gender Equity Center and LGBTQA Pride Center.
October 1@ 7pm: A Lot Like You screening & discussion w/filmmaker at University of Redlands (Orton Center).
September 19 @ 7:30pm: Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be presenting at the 2013 Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, sponsored by The Institute For Research on Race and Public Policy at The University of Illinois At Chicago.
September 18 @ 7:30pm: Director Eliaichi Kimaro will speak at Venango College (PA) at the Rhoades Center (following ALLY campus screening on 9/16).