In this moving and original reflection on aging, mortality, and transformation, Rea Tajiri partners with her mother, Rose Tajiri Noda, to create a film about the final sixteen years of Rose’s life as a person living with dementia. Together, they nurture their connection through listening, art, and music. Rose performs songs from her youth, providing the soundtrack for time travel, as we witness her evolution across nine decades of living. Delicately weaving between past and present, parenting and being parented, the film reflects on the unreliability of memory and the desire to reinvent one’s own life when memories fail us.
Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23) and Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23).
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 work, including History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991), is part of the canon of Asian American filmmaking and has influenced a generation of filmmakers. As an advocate of emerging artists and directors, Tajiri co-founded The Workshop, an incubator for Asian American film directors in New York City. Funded through ITVS, Independence Media Philadelphia, CAAM Documentary Fund, JustFilms/Ford Foundation and a Pew Fellowship, Wisdom Gone Wild premiered at the 2022 Blackstar Film Festival where it won the Jury Award Honorable Mention and Audience Award for Feature Documentary.
Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School