A Lot Like You

A Film by Eliaichi Kimaro


Please contact Samara Lectures to book screenings & appearances
info@samaralectures.com  206.529.4711

Shortly after my film premiered in 2011, I signed with Samara Lectures.  They have booked and coordinated my travel arrangements to festivals, campuses and conferences around the world.  I’ve delivered keynotes, conducted workshops, facilitated discussions, shown up for over 100 post-screening Q&A’s.  These speaking engagements culminated in my TEDxSeattle talk in November 2016 titled “Why the World Needs Your Story”.


TEDx Seattle 2016 (McCaw Hall) – presented talk titled “Why the World Needs Your Story.”

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Annual Conference (Spokane,WA)
Director Eliaichi Kimaro delivered closing keynote, reflecting on the power of personal storytelling to mobilize people, ignite dialogue, and contribute to the groundswell that leads to change.

Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference ~ Film sreening & discussion.  Also panel discussion on “Mixed Experiences on Screen” with Eliaichi Kimaro (A Lot Like You), Jeff Chiba Stearns (Mixed Match), Megumi Nishikura (Hafu), and our Mixed Roots Stories keynote Zelie Asava.

National Disability Rights Network Conference – Closing Keynote speaker talking about Using Video Storytelling to Amplify our Advocacy.

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (Indianapolis) – screening & filmmaker discussion.

Critical Ethnic Studies Conference:  Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be presenting at the 2013 sponsored by The Institute For Research on Race and Public Policy at The University of Illinois At Chicago.

NW Credit Union Association’s 2019 MAXX Conference: In her keynote, “Tapping Our Potential – Engage the Power of Story,” Kimaro will share her insights, inspiring and guiding us on how we may advance the Credit Union Movement by leveraging storytelling.


Brown University – Keynote speaker of the Black Heritage Series, examining her film journey through the lens of race, culture and identity.

Western Washington University – Featured speaker for event sponsored by Mixed Identity Student Organization (MISO).

Smith College, School of Social Work – screening & filmmaker discussion.

Bucknell University – screening and panel discussion.  Sponsored event of the Multicultural Student Services.

Wellesley College at Collins Cinema – A Lot Like You screening and discussion.

Dongduk Women’s University (South Korea):  A Lot Like You screening and filmmaker discussion.

UC Davis – A Lot Like You screening & discussion as part of the Asian American Association Film Festival.

California College of the Arts – Documenting the Diaspora.  Joint screening event with author/speaker/teacher Faith Adiele.

Columbia University, Teachers College – Kimaro will participate on the “Monetizing Independent Cinema” panel discussion in The Chapel.

University of New England (Maine) – Lecturer for Intercultural Competence Series, exploring concepts of cultural awareness, cultural humility, and collaboration across diverse groups including health professionals.

Marylhurst University (Portland) – Film screening and discussion, followed by a keynote event as part of Homecoming Week…in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting and Lake Oswego Review.

Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife, Nigeria) – Project of Africa World Doc Film Festival. Film screening and discussion.

Spencer Museum of Art (Univ. of Kansas) – Project of Africa World Doc Film Festival screening & discussion.

Cleveland State University – School of Communication will host Panel on Filmmakers of the African Diaspora in partnership w/Cleveland International Film Festival.  Panelists include Ava Duvernay, Terence Nance, Michael King and Eliaichi Kimaro.

Old Dominion University (VA) – Director Eliaichi Kimaro is the keynote speaker @ for Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

UCLA – SANAA (Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art) – ALLY Campaign kick-off event!  Screening of A Lot Like You, followed by discussion facilitated by our summer intern, Kausar Mohammed.

University of Akron – Rethinking Race series. Post-screening discussion exploring the complex intersection between race, identity, culture and home.

University of Evansville (IL) – screening & filmmaker discussion.

University of Evansville, Women and Gender Studies – Guest lecturer talking about Exploring our Intersecting Identities.

DePaul University (Chicago), Mixed Race Art and Identity.  Guest lecturer exploring our understanding of who we are, where we come from and where we belong.

University of Washington, Multi-Media Storytelling (graduate level course) – Guest lecturer discussing documentary ethics, storytelling, marketing & distribution.

University of Arizona (Tucson) – Director Eliaichi Kimaro will deliver keynote (“Activism and Creative Expression”) for Black History/Heritage Month

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the Carver Theatre (Birmingham, AL) – Project of Africa World Documentary Festival.  Film screening and discussion.

University of West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados) – Project of Africa World Doc Film Festival.  Film screening and discussion.

Knox College (Galesburg, IL) – Featured speaker at event sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Life.

Oakton Community College (IL) – Featured speaker discussing the role of art in activism, and vice versa…

Richland Community College (IL) – Featured speaker reflecting on the story behind her film journey.

University of Washington, Advanced Multi-Media Storytelling Class (grad level) – Guest lecturer, Kimaro will be discussing documentary ethics, storytelling, marketing & distribution.

Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL): Screening and lecture.

University of Redlands presents A Lot Like You screening & discussion w/filmmaker.

California State University San Marcos presents A Lot Like You reception, screening & discussion w/filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro.  Sponsored by Gender Equity Center and LGBTQA Pride Center.

University of Washington, Communication Leadership Program – Guest lecturer discussing her film journey, narrative structure and documentary ethics with graduate students.

Laney College (CA) – Documenting the Diaspora.  Joint screening event with author/speaker/teacher Faith Adiele.

Webster University (St Louis, MO) – Featured speaker at I-Fest 2016– One World, Many Stories,

The Film School (Seattle) – Filmmaker panelist discussing Ethical Storytelling.

Pacific University Leadership Conference (Portland) Eliaichi Kimaro will deliver the conference keynote address.

Venango College (PA) – Film screening, followed by a lecture the following day.

Edmonds Community College, Brown Bag Lecture Series – Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be the featured speaker at the Black Box Theater.

University of Washington, Asian American Media class  Director Eliaichi Kimaro will explore issues of mixed race identity, transnational media/culture and media activism.

Lewis & Clark Community College (IL) – guest lecturer in Race & Gender classes, followed by ALLY screening & discussion

St. Charles Community College (MO) – Kimaro delivers the keynote for Black History Awareness Month.  Next day film screening & discussion.

John Burroughs School, St. Louis MO – ALLY screening & discussion with Director Eliaichi Kimaro

Shoreline Community College – Director Eliaichi Kimaro will speak with students about the interplay between art and activism, and how filmmaking can lead to a more integrated understanding of our place in this world.

Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD) – Keynote speaker

Lake Washington Girls Middle School – screening & filmmaker discussion.

Bush School (Seattle, WA): Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be guest lecturer.

Garfield High School – REAL TALK: Life Choices Beyond Careers, artist panelist discussing “New Visions/Re-Framing the Story” as part of Garfield High School’s  series.


Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Annual Conference
~Film screening & discussion
~Guest speaker: Workshop on the power of personal storytelling

NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse – Webinar panelist, discussing Art/Cultural Work as a tactic toward building loving/equitable relationships and ending abuse.

API Chaya’s 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil “Breaking the Silence Through Art” ~ Director Eliaichi Kimaro will speak about the connection between art/storytelling and gendered violence & social justice activism.

Women In Film/Seattle (KCTS)- Panelist discussing the lack of representation in the film industry, the causes of the imbalance and what the effects are.  Fellow panelists include:  Scilla Andreen, Sophia Gutierrez Perez, Kathy Hsieh, Roger Tang, Wes Kim, Brian McDonald, and Tracy Rector.

Seattle Documentary Association and Northwest Film Forum:  Panelist for “Meet Up for a Cause:  Filmmakers and Grassroots Groups”

KUOW RadioActive – Guest facilitator of youth media workshop for advanced producers on exploring identity through story.

Betties360 (Portland):  Director Eliaichi Kimaro talks with teen girls of color about the power of personal storytelling.

Seattle Globalist – screening & filmmaker discussion.

Foot2Afrika and Moshi Youth Village – Fundraising screening at New Parkway Theater (Oakland)

Frauenkreise Projekt (Berlin) is hosting a screening of A Lot Like You, followed by Q&A with filmmaker.

Powerful Voices (Seattle) – Director Eliaichi Kimaro will facilitate conversation with youth about Exploring Identity Through Storytelling.

St. Margaret’s Church (Moshi, Tanzania) – Benefit film screening and discussion with filmmaker.

MuDa Africa (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) will be hosting an ALLY screening, reception and filmmaker discussion at Slipway Theater.

Century Cineplex (Njiro Complex) in Arusha, Tanzania.  Benefit screening and filmmaker discussion.

Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council Conference.  Film Screening and talk by film director at County Government Center


Museum of African Diaspora Salon (San Francisco, CA) – Documenting the Diaspora at ~ film screening & discussion of two documentaries engaging Diaspora communities around such issues as post-coloniality, mixed race identity, gender violence, national trauma, family legacies and single parenthood.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle) – A Lot Like You screening & filmmaker discussion as part of the War Baby/Love Child exhibit.  Our community partner, MAVIN Foundation, will facilitate the post-screening discussion.


Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival – Panelist discussing Issues for Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers.

Independent Filmmaker Showcase (Beverly Hills, CA) – Screening and filmmaker discussion.

African Film Festival (NY) – screening & post-screening filmmaker discussion at the Maysles Cinema Institute.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival presents A Lot Like You screening + discussion w/Director Eliaichi Kimaro.

Rwanda Film Festival: A Lot Like You screening & discussion.

New Orleans Loving Festival at Ashe Cultural Arts Center: A Lot Like You screening and filmmaker presentation.

ACV National Festival Tour (at Queens Library, Flushing Branch) – ALLY screening and discussion.  Project of Asian Cinevision and Asian American International Film Festival.

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival – A Lot Like You screening and filmmaker discussion at the Bijou Arts Cinema (Eugene, OR).

High Falls Film Festival (Rochester, NY) – A Lot Like You screening and filmmaker discussion.

SEEDArts Cinema — “Made In Seattle” (Rainier Valley Cultural Center.)  A Lot Like You screening & discussion.

Cascade Festival of African Films (Portland).  Film screening, reception, and lecture.

Seattle Asian American Film Festival at Wing Luke Museum.  Discussion panel to follow with LeiLani Nishime, Wes Kim and Eli Kimaro.

Red Rock Film Festival at Zion Lodge in Springdale, UT – A Lot Like You screening and discussion.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival – Film screening and discussion.

LA Femme International Film Festival @ Davidson/Valentini Theatre, Los Angeles 90038 – Film screening and discussion.

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival @ LIU Brooklyn (One University Plaza, Brooklyn 11201) – Film screening & Discussion

Asian American International Film Festival (NY) @Clearview Chelsea Cinema, Film screening and discussion.

Female Eye Film Festival (Toronto).  Films screening and discussion.

Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival (Los Angeles).  Director Eliaichi Kimaro will speak about the important connections between creative expression and experience in strategically re-centering conversations around ethnicity, identity, accountability and justice.

McMenamins Mission Theatre – A Lot Like You screening event.  Intimate live performance by Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter and soundtrack composer Pete Droge. Film screening, followed by Q&A with filmmaking team.

Cleveland International Film Festival:  Screening as part of the “Standing Up Competition.”

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (now CAAMFest) – Film screenings and discussion.

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (Seattle) – film screening and discussion.

McMenamins Anderson School History Pub: Film screening and discussion.

Sarasota Film Festival & Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival – film screening, reception and discussion.

African Diaspora International Film Festival – Columbia University, Teachers College. Screening and filmmaker discussion of A LOT LIKE YOU, Winner of Public Award For The Best Film Directed By a Woman of Color.

African Diaspora International Film Festival will host an A Lot Like You screening and discussion followed by a catered reception at Schomburg Center, Harlem.

Kinowatt Film Series at Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia) – Film screening, discussion and catered reception.

Artisphere: Wed Film Series (Arlington, VA) – Film screening and discussion.

Filmwax Film Series at The Fifth Estate (Brooklyn) ~ Film screening and discussion.

Montreal International Black Film Festival – Film screening and discussion.

Seattle International Film Festival – World Premiere.  Film screening, discussion and catered reception.



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