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'A Lot Like You' documentary showing and discussion at Anderson School

A McMenamins History-Sponsored Event

Director/writer and Seattleite Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother.  When her parents retire and move back to Tanzania, Kimaro begins a film project that 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.

Kimaro's film, A Lot Like You, premiered in 2011, and went on to win 6 best documentary awards on the film festival circuit before airing nationally on PBS. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the TEDxSeattle Conference. In her talk, “Why the World Needs Your Story,” Kimaro reflects on what her film has taught her about the power of story.

The filmmaker will introduce the film, and engage the audience in a post-screening discussion.

A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and the cultures we choose to pass down. After screenings, audience members often reflect on how the themes of identity, history, contradiction and migration explored in the film have played out in their own lives.

The filmmaker will share what this film has taught her about the power of stories to transform and heal not just the speaker, but the listener as well.

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