WISDOM GONE WILD
REA TAJIRI | USA | 2022 | 84 MIN | NR | ENGLISH
Presented as part of Arts on the Mind, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Penn Memory Center, Franklin Institute, and Artz Philadelphia.
A vibrant tender cine-poem; a filmmaker collaborates with her Nisei mother as they confront the painful curious reality of wisdom ‘gone wild’ in the shadows of dementia. Made over 16 years, the film blends humor and sadness in an encounter between mother and daughter that blooms into an affectionate portrait of love, care and a relationship transformed.
Rea Tajiri, is a Philadelphia based documentary filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist whose critically acclaimed career spans over 35 years. Poetic, subtly layered and politically engaged, her work advances the exploration of forgotten histories, multi-generational memory, landscape and the lives of Nikkei.
The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the film’s director, Rea Tajiri, and Dr. Jason Karlawish from the Penn Memory Center and a reception in the Philadelphia Film Center lobby.