Film Screening: “The Fall of the I-Hotel”

June 10, 2011

When: Wednesday June 29th—6:30-8:30pm
Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 South Alaska St)

“The Fall of the I-Hotel” brings to life the battle for housing in 1970’s San Francisco. The brutal eviction of the International Hotel’s tenants culminated a decade of spirited resistance to the raising of Manilatown.

Join The Tenants Union with special guest Dr. Estella Habal, one of the lead organizers of the movement and author of an important book documenting the struggle.  Audience members can engage with Dr. Habal in a community dialogue on Seattle’s own fight to save affordable housing.

Suggested Donation $15 (Books & DVD’s available for purchase)


Film Screening “A Lot Like You”

June 10, 2011

1 pm,  Sunday, June 12th @ the Admiral Theater (2343 California Ave SW) in West Seattle

Directed by: Eliaichi Kimaro

Film description: What happens when a woman goes in search of her identity and discovers that the cycle of violence she’s been working hard to break in the US is part of her history and culture on another continent?

A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and what we choose to pass down, and reveals how bearing witness can break silences that have lasted lifetimes…

Seattle-based filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother.  When Eli was older and in an interracial relationship of her own, she wanted to better understand this world her father had left behind when he was 18.  So when Dr. Kimaro retired and moved back to Tanzania for good, Eli followed him to make a film about this culture she would one day pass down to her kids.

What Eli discovered on that trip – in Tanzania, in her family and in herself – is the subject of this personal documentary, A Lot Like You.  As both a cultural insider/outsider, Eli asked questions that most people who grew up there would never think to ask.  And the stoic women in her family opened up, telling Eli stories about trauma and survival that they’d never even shared with each other.

And so Eli must reconcile this culture she’s inherited with how she defines herself today–as a woman, as an activist and, perhaps most of all, as a mother.  And in doing so, she finds a way to translate her father’s culture on Mt. Kilimanjaro into her own personal legacy.

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