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Rea Tajiri: "Wisdom Gone Wild"
A still of a Japanese older woman form the film Wisdom Gone WIld.

February 15, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Jacobs Hall



In collaboration with Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) and the San Diego Asian Film Festival, join us on Free Third Thursday, February 15 for a film screening of Wisdom Gone Wild by Rea Tajiri.

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Wisdom Gone Wild is a vibrant and tender cine-poem. Rea Tajiri 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. 


Introduction by Wilda Wong

Screening of Wisdom Gone Wild

About Rea Tajiri and The San Diego Asian Film Festival

Rea Tajiri

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. Tajiri is a Sansei who grew up in Rogers Park, Chicago and Van Nuys, California. She earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied post-studio art. Upon graduation, Tajiri began working in video art, two early shorts were included in the Whitney Biennials of 1989 and 1991.

The San Diego Asian Film Festival and Pacific Arts Movement

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian and Asian American cinema. The festival is dedicated to highlighting the diversity and breadth of Asian Pacific Islander and Asian international images, from impassioned independent voices and provocative documentary subjects to the top hits from the world’s biggest continent, the latest works from the masters of cinema, and the fresh points of view of Asian Pacific Islander American filmmakers.

About Wilda Wong

Wilda Wong holds a degree in film studies from UC Berkeley and has been a longtime programmer with the San Diego Asian Film Festival since 2013. Wilda is a communications professional in the impact investing sector and facilitates mindfulness practices in person and online.


Third Thursdays are made possible with generous support from The Conrad Prebys Foundation.

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Top: Still from Wisdom Gone Wild, courtesy of the artist.