Genealogies are big business nowadays. It seems lots of folks want to examine their family trees. (I’d prefer to prune mine.) However, if you start digging up the roots, you may discover where you come from, but through the process, you are just as likely to wind up covered in dirt.
Documentarian Eliaichi Kimaro set out to make a film about her folks unaware of the secrets she’d uncover while doing so. Her efforts connecting with, and coming to terms with, her parents and their kin in Tanzania and the States, are hauntingly and heart-fully chronicled in A LOT LIKE YOU. Today, she joins me at The High Bar to raise a toast to and raid the bar for… Cultural identity. Cheers!
** A LOT LIKE YOU will screen at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle on April 22nd and at the Africa World Doc Festival in Lawrence, Kansas on April 25th. Movie-lovers in Portland, Oregon can see A LOT LIKE YOU at The Mission Theater on May 20th. For more info and screening dates, click here.
** For another take on blood ties, check in with best-selling author and beloved blogger Jennifer Worick at The High Bar as she teaches me what it’s like to have and maintain a… functional family. (This episode was part of our award-winning first season for SCANtv.)