About this film

In this moving and original reflection on mortality and transformation, Rea Tajiri partners with her mother, Rose Tajiri Noda, to create a film about the final 16 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, “Wisdom Gone Wild” reflects on the unreliability of memory and the desire to reinvent one’s own life when memories fail us. It is a poignant meditation on the abiding strength of the unique relationship between mothers and daughters. Michigan premiere.

This film is part of the Asian American Pacific Islander Film Series, produced in collaboration with American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), with additional support from Rising Voices and funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC).

AFTER THE FILM: Detroit-based documentary filmmaker and producer Razi Jafri talks with director Rea Tajiri in a prerecorded conversation.


12 p.m. Sun., April 30, Detroit Historical Museum


Rea Tajiri

Sian Evans, Rea Tajiri

Rea Tajiri

Shakuru Tajiri

Christian Bruno, Ann Kaneko, Oscar Molina, Dru Mungai, Rea Tajiri

Catherine Hollander


Running time:
1 hour 24 minutes

Country of origin:
United States

Festival highlights:
BlackStar Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Doc NYC

Audience Award – Best Feature Documentary, Jury Award – Honorable Mention, Best Documentary (BlackStar Film Festival); Best Feature Documentary, Audience Choice Award Documentary Feature, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival)

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