Activist-turned-filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro is founder/director of 9elephants productions, a company that uses video to bring stories of struggle, resistance and survival to a broader audience. In addition to producing non-profit videos about social justice issues, she has led a week-long filmmaking camp for girls, and consults with non-profits to support them in producing their own videos.
Eliaichi brings a lifetime of personal and professional experience exploring issues of culture, identity, race, class, and gender to her Award-winning directorial debut, A Lot Like You. Most recently, her film won the Audience Choice Award at the Asian American International Film Festival, and the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival and Female Eye Film Festival.
Drawing upon her 9-year film journey, she is currently on the campus and conference lecture circuit engaging communities across the country in discussion about mixed race/multicultural issues, cultural identity, gender violence, and the power of personal storytelling.