Rea Tajiri

United States

Rea Tajiri is a Philadelphia based filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. Her work situates itself in poetic, non-traditional storytelling forms. History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige, is her 1991 film about the incarceration of American Japanese during World War II told in an essay collage. Strawberry Fields, was a dramatic narrative feature about a young Japanese American woman coming of age during the 1970's in Chicago who embarks on a road trip to explore her families past. Her current project, Wisdom Gone Wild, explores a person-centered approach to caregiving during her sixteen year journey as a care partner to her mother who was diagnosed with dementia. Tajiri has received support for her work through CAAM, ITVS, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, in 2015; a Rockefeller Media Fellowship and was a NYFA Fellow. She is currently an Associate Professor at Temple University.


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