Wisdom Gone Wild

  • Rea Tajiri
  • United States
  • 2022
  • 84 min
  • International Premiere
  • International Competition
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.


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Involved TV Channel
Center for Asian American Media, ITVS (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), PBS


World Sales
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84:00, DCP, color / black and white
Spoken languages

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