Rea Tajiri

Producer/Director/Ghost Pictures
Associate Professor/Temple University
Participates in 1 Session

REA TAJIRI’s film History and Memory won the IDA Distinguished Achievement Award, and a Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1991. Tajiri co-directed Passion for Justice, a documentary on Harlem based Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama. Her hybrid-documentary, Lordville (2014), was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the VC Festival, Los Angeles. It was recently included in the exhibit Afterlife (what remains). Tajiri's work has been screened at several Whitney Biennials, CAAM Fest, Los Angeles Indpendent, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and the Yamagata International Documentary Festival and the Venice Film Festival. In 2015, Tajiri was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, previous awards include the Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowship,  NEA Visual Arts, NYFA Fellowship, NYSCA Production Grant, and ITVS Open Call. Tajiri recently completed a multi-site installation as part of Asian Arts' Initiative's 25th Anniversary project (ex)CHANGE. Wataridori-birds of passage – activated the history of the Philadelphia Hostel; a temporary residence for Japanese Americans coming to Philadelphia after release from the US Concentration camps.Her work-in-progress documentary Wisdom Gone Wild has been award grants from the ITVS Diversity Development Fund and the Center for Asian American Media’s Documentary Fund. Now in post, the film presents a new look at dementia and caregiving. Rather than a portrait of loss, dementia is seen as a wisdom that has “gone wild.” Tajiri earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts in post-studio art. She is an Associate Professor in the Film Media Arts Department at Temple University where she teaches Documentary Filmmaking. 


Sessions in which Rea Tajiri participates

Thursday September 27, 2018

2:30 PM
2:30 PM