Film: A Lot Like You

Feb 8, 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
McCready Hall, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

This award-winning documentary 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. Q&A with director, Eliaichi Kimaro, planned to follow.


Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her retired father moves 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.

A Lot Like You's website displays the trailer and additional information about the film. A best documentary winner at multiple film fests, A Lot Like You was praised by the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival jury: "Fresh and inspired, tender and uncommonly smart, A Lot Like You triumphs as an exemplary work of first-person documentary for the 21st century." An abbreviated version of the film premiers on PBS stations nationwide January 22 as part of the series AfroPoP.

The Undergraduate Student Senate sponsors the screening as part of its Undergaduate Leadership Conference. Kimaro delivers the conference keyonte address Saturday, February 9. Though the screening is open to the public and free of charge, the leadership conference and keynote address are only open to Pacific University students, faculty, and staff who register. Co-sponsored by Student Activities & Multicultural Interests.


Posted by Student Activities (studentactivities@pacificu.edu) on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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