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Hello ALLY allies and blog followers,
Just wanted to let you know we’ve updated our A Lot Like You movie website, which now includes a beautifully integrated blog. So all our blog traffic will be forwarded to our new home: http://alotlikeyoumovie.com/blog/
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Thank you kindly, and look forward to seeing you in our new home!
We are delighted to announce that A Lot Like You has been invited to screen at the 23rd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films. Our film will be screening as part of Women Filmmakers Week, on Saturday, March 2nd 2013 at 2:00pm.
From their program:
With a father from Tanzania and a mother from South Korea, Eliaichi Sadikiel Kimaro is a first-generation African-Asian-American, struggling with the issue of her identity. In A Lot Like You, she invites the viewer to accompany her on a personal journey in search of her African roots, the part of her identity with which she felt least familiar. When her parents retire and move back to Tanzania to live, she follows them with her camera. Once there, she learns how much more she has in common with her Tanzanian relatives than she ever realized. The revelation changes her life profoundly.
This will be our first official Portland festival screening, and we’re so very excited to be part of Cascade African Film Festival’s longstanding commitment to showcase stories “of Africa through the eyes of Africans”…[films that] celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for change and a more hopeful future.”
I’d like to share a correction to our recent post, “A Lot Like You is making PBS History.“
I must apologize for my mistake, as I have recently learned that the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has a history of partnering with the other consortia of color to present important programs on PBS — including the recent pilot for Maria Hinajosa’s new show, ‘America by the Numbers,’ which premiered this fall.
And so I am truly humbled and grateful that A Lot Like You is able to benefit from NBPC’s ongoing commitment to bring different communities of color together through their ongoing collaborations!
Gabourey Sidibe has a new gig: The Oscar-nominated actress will host a documentary series on public television starting next month.
The show is AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a series of independent films showcasing contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African diaspora, as the many communities of African-origin people around the world are known.
This season of the series will focus on human and women’s rights struggles. The first film, Eliaichi Kimaro’s A Lot Like You, follows the half-Korean, half-Tanzanian sexual-abuse survivor as she explores her African roots and learns about the sexual violence faced by women in her family and community.
Sidibe, a Brooklyn native whose father is from Senegal in West Africa, will introduce each episode by adding her personal views about the issues portrayed, according to her publicity team.
“This season of AfroPoP helps give voice to those who truly need to be heard,” says Sidibe in a statement. “I’m happy to help bring these stories to the American public and raise awareness of issues of vital concern to women and men in Africa as well as all who care about human rights.”
Sidibe won acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for her powerful portrayal of Precious in the 2009 Lee Daniels film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.She also appeared in Tower Heist opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and has two films coming out, including the indie drama Yelling to the Sky and the dark comedy Seven Psychopaths opposite Woody Harrelson.
From Professor at University of Arizona (Tucson):
A Lot Like You showed at the University where I teach last February.
Today [Dec] I spoke with a student who, without provocation, indicated that this movie changed her life.
That filmmaker showed me that you can touch on topics, through film, and make a real personal impact. You can talk about life and truth and pain in a way that creates space for social justice for real people. She is an inspiration and this film shows me how one story –just one–can build a bridge and change the world. Now I want to do that, too.
This student has new purpose. Thank you!
We’re excited to be partnering with National Association of Mixed Student Organizations (NAMSO), a national clearinghouse of resources, information and events for mixed-race student organizations across the US.
NAMSO is helping to connect our film with college/university audiences across the country…especially those students, alumni, activists, allies, academics who are passionate about the multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural student experience.
Thank you, NAMSO, for raising awareness about our film (see below) and for recommending A LOT LIKE YOU as a tool for deepening the conversation and exploration of the mixed experience. Look forward to seeing where our campus conversations take us!
The following write-up was sent out to their membership organizations:
Film Rec: A Lot Like You
NAMSO was thrilled to catch Eliaichi Kimaro’s award-winning documentary, A Lot Like You, at the New York Asian American International Film Festival back in August, where it won the Audience Choice Award for Documentary Feature. Eli’s film was truly moving, and we were glad to connect with her at the screening.
A Lot Like You would be a fantastic film to screen on campus, as it reaches across many boundaries of personal narrative; identity; political, social, and gender issues; and cross-cultural and interracial experiences. If you’re interested in showing this film at your school, feel free to get in touch with us or reach out to Eli through her film’s Facebook or website.
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