By Ravi Chandra, M.D.
Memoirs of a Superfan, Volume 7.2: CAAMsanity!
A LOT LIKE YOU … is powerful and heart-warming, telling several stories at once, and all of them well: the story of her Tanzanian father’s leaving his Chagga tribal roots, coming to America and marrying her Korean mother; a story from Tanzanian Independence; the story of her parents’ amazing lives together; the story of her father’s family, particularly his sisters, and the difficulties they endured; and her own long-secret story of abuse which led her to become a trauma counselor.
All these stories are finally woven together in a womb-like, circular Chagga hut, a replica of her father’s family home that he has rebuilt in honor of family and memory. There is only one way in and out of this womb – one feels it is the path of relating, remembering and holding memory across the generations, a thread and tie made secure by the active work of the director, and now passed to us, the audience, in the womb of a darkened theater.
~You can read Ravi’s 3/12 follow up review+interview with director E. Kimaro here.~– Ravi Chandra, M.D. is a psychiatrist and writer in San Francisco. You can find more of his writing and spoken word performances at www.RaviChandraMD.com. Please check out his blog for Psychology Today, The Pacific Heart here.