A LOT LIKE YOU
Available until January 13, 2017.
Go on a personal journey into the most vulnerable corners of a family history spanning generations and continents. This layered documentary, by Seattle local Eliaichi Kimaro, starts with a familiar exploration of mixed-race identity as the narrator searches for her roots, but brings the discussion to surprising levels of personal and political self-awareness.
A LOT LIKE YOU takes us on a personal journey into the most vulnerable corners of a family history spanning generations and continents. This layered documentary starts with a familiar exploration of mixed-race identity as the narrator searches for her roots, but brings the discussion to surprising levels of personal and political self-awareness. Fresh and inspired, tender and uncommonly smart, A LOT LIKE YOU triumphs as an exemplary work of first-person documentary for the 21st century. — SFIAAFF Jury
About the Filmmaker
Activist-turned-filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro is founder and director of 9elephants Productions, a company that uses video to bring stories of struggle, resistance and survival to a broader audience. In addition to producing nonprofit videos about social/economic justice issues, she has led a week-long filmmaking camp for girls, and consults with nonprofits to support them in producing their own videos.
Drawing upon her nine-year film journey, she is currently on the campus/conference lecture circuit engaging communities across the country in discussion about some of the issues in her film, including gender violence, mixed-race/multicultural issues, cultural identity and the power of personal storytelling.
It’s truly amazing to see how many lives are being transformed by this ripple that was set in motion eight years ago, when my aunts opened up and shared their truth with me in a hut on a mountain halfway around the world.
This film shows us how truth that is never spoken can never lead to change. I still don’t know what compelled my aunts to open up to me that day. But their decision to speak their truth inspired me (albeit years later) to do the same in my storytelling.
Over the past eight years, the creative team for A Lot Like You discovered a surprising paradox: the more personal, honest and vulnerable we got in our storytelling, the more universal our story became. The themes and issues that surface throughout our film (trauma, mixed-race identities, gender violence, migrant experiences) are just the particulars of my own personal journey. But A Lot Like You is ultimately about discovering who we all are and how we decide what to pass on to the next generation.