A Lot Like You

A Film by Eliaichi Kimaro

Our Bay Area premiere!!!

February 9, 2012

Help us spread the word!!  The 30th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival  officially launched their festival with a press conference this evening, and by going live with their beautiful new website!!  SFIAAFF is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.

We’re excited to announce that A Lot Like You is scheduled for two screenings:
Sunday, March 11, 7:20 PM at the San Francisco Film Society, and
Tuesday, March 13, 9:20 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.

Tickets go on sale Feb 13.  You can check out our movie page and purchase your tickets here!

And I must admit, I love what Michella Rivera-Gravage has done with our synopsis:

Social worker and activist Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixedrace, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her retired father and mother move back to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, 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 deeply 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 that her aunts face, she faces a jarring disconnect between immigrant generations on questions of misogyny, patriarchy, and violence.

“One reason this film works,” notes Tikkun Magazine, “ is that Kimaro situates her own personal family history within a social, historical, and political context of African decolonization, transnational relations, race, class, and gender politics.”

With poignant personal reflection and an engaging visual style, A Lot Like You draws the viewer into a journey that is filled with rich, multifaceted stories and history. “A moving personal essay on family and diversity” (Seattle Weekly), the film evocatively examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children of immigrants have to the lands and cultures of their parents.

At this moment, it looks like ALLY’s production team (Eric, Pete, Tom and myself) are all seriously considering flying in for this festival.  It’s a Biggie!!!

Hope to see you and your friends there!

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