A Lot Like You

A Film by Eliaichi Kimaro

Turning to the Past to Envision a Different Future: Family Accountability in Eliaichi Kimaro’s “A Lot Like You”

September 8, 2011

I’m SO incredibly grateful to Wendy Elisheva Somerson for the depth she brings to this generous, complex, insightful article about our film!! A huge thank you to Wendy and Tikkun magazine for digging deep and taking this conversation to a whole new level…

What begins Kimaro’s journey through her family’s cultural history is her desire to pass on a Chagga cultural inheritance to her daughter. But what deepens the story is her realization that she actually wants to shift the next generation’s stance toward family trauma by bringing it to light…In fact, one reason this film works as a model for doing accountability work is that Kimaro situates her personal family story within a social, historical, and political context of African decolonization, transnational relations, race, class, and gender politics. The result is a complex and beautiful film that brings the audience along with Kimaro to bear witness to some difficult truths…

~Read the full article here~

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