Filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro’s intensely personal documentary grew from a desire to explore her roots. Born to a Tanzanian father and Korean mother, but raised in America, Elaichi felt trapped between cultures, truly belonging to none. In an attempt to connect with and understand her heritage, she decided to travel with her parents to visit her father’s tribe in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region of Africa. She hoped to gather enough material to make a film out of her experiences.
Her film didn’t turn out exactly that way she’d envisioned. When she arrives in Tanzania, she finds herself kept at a distance by her father’s family, until one day when she approaches her aunts to talk about their lives, and they open up to her in a way that they never had with anyone before. They speak of a culture’s subjugation of women, of female circumcision and forced marriages. Kimaro’s sudden connection to the women is deepened by her own background of abuse. A powerful and thought-provoking film exploration of identity and conflicts of culture, her film emerges as one of the highlights of this year’s festival.
Our film screens April 20 @ 9:30pm at The Little Theater, followed by a Q&A with Director Eliaichi Kimaro.
More info + tickets here.