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Champaign-Urbana Jewish Film Festival: Leona

A film directed by Isaac Cherem.
2018 / 94 minutes

Part of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Film Festival

Making the transition into adulthood, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this delicate, melancholic romance. The story is about the divide between generations and different cultures, but becomes a hopeful journey of self-discovery and female empowerment. Leona is presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

This film contains mature content and nudity.

Continue the Conversation following the film with Prof. Dara Goldman, Director of Jewish Studies, expert on Latin American communities.

About the Festival

This Program in Jewish Culture and Society event is organized and presented by JCC Chicago and the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation.

This event is part of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Film Festival, which itself is an expansion of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. The 7th annual Chicago event takes place February 28–March 15, 2020 around Chicagoland.

To learn more about the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Film Festival, visit the Festival Website (external link).

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To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).