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Screening: "Wisdom Gone Wild"

An Evening With Rea Tajiri
close up of an older asian woman with her hand against her face
Tue, May 21, 2024, 7:30 pm
INDEXICAL - 1050 River Street, #119

Free Public Screening and Filmmaker Q + A


WISDOM GONE WILD tells the remarkable story of Rose Tajiri, a Nisei woman who at the end of her life, following the onset of dementia, reinvents herself through her interactions with her daughter/care partner, bestowing a new name and identity on herself, altering her past along with her present. It is radically intimate, funny, and at the same time does not shy away from being painfully honest about living with dementia. Filmmaker Rea Tajiri puts her mother’s storytelling wisdom at the heart of this film. WISDOM GONE WILD offers a different story about aging, and about living with dementia: rather than centering a disease, the film centers Rose’s perspective, in its form and its content, telling the story of a life to be valued, rather than a problem to be willed away.

REA TAJIRI is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and educator who creates installation, documentary and experimental films. Her work situates itself in poetic, non-traditional storytelling forms to encourage dialog and reflection around buried histories. Her groundbreaking, award-winning film, digital video, and installation has been supported by numerous grants, fellowships, and artistic residencies, and has been exhibited widely in museums, on television and in international film festivals. As an advocate of emerging artists and directors, Rea co-founded The Workshop, an incubator for Asian American film directors in New York City. Tajiri has worked extensively throughout the U.S. as a visiting professor and artist-in-residence, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Film Media Arts department at Temple University. Tajiri is a winner of the 2023 Chicken & Egg Award, a 2022 JustFilms/Ford Foundation grant, and the 2021 Independence Public Media Foundation Award. Tajiri’s other awards include the Leeway Transformation Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowships, two New York Fellowship in the Arts and two NEA Visual Arts Fellowships.