Rea Tajiri's films straddle documentary and art film genres, finding new ways of storytelling that embrace the murky spaces of memory, history, and public consciousness. She characterizes her work as “personal essay documentary,” exploring the effects of political, social, and emotional histories within families and across generations. Her current project, Wisdom Gone Wild, chronicles 15 years of caregiving for her mother who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 1999. Tajiri holds both a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and is the founder of Ghost Pictures, an independent production company. Her films have been shown at the Venice Film Festival, the Guggenheim (New York and Bilbao), and the Whitney Biennial, among others. Tajiri has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Her groundbreaking 1991 film History and Memory is part of the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection. Tajiri is a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 2015.