Ariela, a mural-painting artist, lives with her family in a tight-knit Syrian Jewish neighborhood in Mexico City when she meets Ivan, a handsome, non-Jewish writer who sweeps her off her feet. While Ivan is determined to become a fixture in Ariela’s life, she faces rejection by her family and community if she pursues the relationship. The mesmerizing performance of Naian González Norvind as Ariela brings the story to life as she portrays a modern, independent young woman trying to chart a course of discovery and self-determination while navigating her family’s deeply rooted religious values and traditions. (Adult content: nudity and sexual situations)
Official Selection – Washington Jewish Film Festival
Winner – Best Debut Feature – UK Jewish Film Festival
Leona “is a great, difficult and unique piece of work, and a remarkable first effort from a team with enormous talent.” Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel
A pre-recorded Q&A with the film’s director, Isaac Cherem, accompanies this screening.
Available for viewing April 23 – May 2 in PA, WV, and OH only.
Watch the trailer below: