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Published on Feb 16, 2012
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.