Publication: The Stranger
Date published:
Language: English
PMID: 59135
Journal code: STRR


Tanzania, 2011 (81 min.) DOC

Dir. Eliaichi Kimaro

"I am a first-generation American," Eliaichi Kimaro explains in voice-over near the beginning of her rich, complex autobiographical documentary. "Mom and Dad are from opposite ends of the globe. An interracial, bicultural couple." Her mother is from Korea, her dad is from Tanzania, and they met in school in the United States (their love story and subsequent careers at the IMF and the World Bank constitute a fascinating chunk of the film). Growing up, Kimaro spent every summer in Tanzania with her Chagga relatives, but, she says, "that connection was hazy." She was welcome, but she was foreign, and that wasn't easy: "Every summer in Tanzania was a reminder that this kinship I bragged about to my American friends existed only in my imagination." That disconnect is where A Lot Like You begins, and then it goes much, much deeper. (LINDY WEST)

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