WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Isaac Cherem | 95 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Tuesday, May 148:30 PM E Street Cinema
Wednesday, May 158:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre
A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her conservative family and forbidden love with a non-Jewish man. He helps her discover the world outside her tight-knit community, but the transition is as fraught as it is exciting. Textured with the unrelenting drama of a Jane Austen novel, Leona centers on a tightrope navigation of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her most fervent desires.
The choices before her aren’t easy, and director Isaac Cherem’s debut film masterfully ratchets up the tension while maintaining a grounded accessibility throughout.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Isaac Cherem. May 14th screening moderated by Alberto Fierro Garza, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. May 15th screening moderated by Dr. Marion Usher, author of “One Couple Two Faiths; Stories of Love and Religion”.
Presented in partnership with EntryPointDC – the 20s and 30s program of the EdlavitchDCJCC.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Isaac Cherem. May 14th screening moderated by Alberto Fierro Garza, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. May 15th screening moderated by Dr. Marion Usher, author of "One Couple Two Faiths; Stories of Love and Religion".
Isaac Cherem was born in 1992 in Mexico City and graduated from The Los Angeles Film School in 2011. He started working as a production assistant on film sets at the age of fifteen and in 2015 he founded Fosforescente, a production company solely focused on Mexican cinema. In 2018 he shot his directorial debut, Leona.
Alberto Fierro Garza is the current Counselor for Culture and Education at the Mexican Embassy to the United States and Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. He is a member of Mexico´s Diplomatic Corps since 1993. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation and Deputy Director General for North America. He was the Consul of Mexico in Orlando Fl and in St. Paul MN. Early in his career he served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Washington and as Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Canada.
He was Director General for International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico. He also served as Deputy Director for Reading Promotion at said Council.
Mr. Fierro taught social sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and served as Director of the Social Promotion Department at the same University.
He has a BA in Sociology from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Latin-American History from Georgetown University.
Dr. Marion Usher has been working with Interfaith Couples for the past 25 years. With her experience of seeing over 700 couples in her workshop, she counsels couples, parents and grandparents to help them construct a new and inclusive religious life.
This year she published her book, “One Couple Two Faiths; Stories of Love and Religion” which tells the stories of interfaith couples and grandparents, helps families discuss the various holidays and presents her thoughts about The New Jewish Family. Her book is for sale at the front of the theater and I highly recommend it!
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This event finished on May 16, 2019.