Dir. Isaac Cherem | 95 min
Narrative Mexico 2018
Spanish with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere

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.

Co-presented by Inter-American Development Bank Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC

Presented in partnership with EntryPointDC


Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Isaac Cherem

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.


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