A Lot Like You
What happens when a woman goes in search of her identity and discovers that the cycle of violence she’s been working hard to break in the US is part of her history and culture on another continent?
A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down, and reveals how bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes...
Seattle-based filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When Eli was older and in an interracial relationship of her own, she wanted to better understand this world her father had left behind when he was 18. So when Dr. Kimaro retired and moved back to Tanzania for good, Eli followed him to make a film about this culture she would one day pass down to her kids.
What Eli discovered on that trip – in Tanzania, in her family and in herself – is the subject of this personal documentary, A Lot Like You. As both a cultural insider/outsider, Eli asked questions that most people who grew up there would never think to ask. And the stoic women in her family opened up, telling Eli stories about trauma and survival that they’d never even shared with each other.
And so Eli must reconcile this culture she’s inherited with how she defines herself today–as a woman, as an activist and, perhaps most of all, as a mother. And in doing so, she finds a way to translate her father’s culture on Mt. Kilimanjaro into her own personal legacy.
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A Lot Like You
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro will be present to introduce her documentary, A LOT LIKE YOU. Eli reaches back through her childhood to her parent's own coming together, to tell this most loving and personal story about identity and
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