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Sharim Film 'Flora' to Premiere at Philadelphia Festival

April 8, 2024
Yehuda Sharim film "Flora" still image three daughters
"Flora," which focuses on daughters of Mexican immigrants, is the latest by film by UC Merced Professor Yehuda Sharim.

"Flora," the latest film by Yehuda Sharim, will have its world premiere later this spring at a festival in Philadelphia, according to the UC Merced global arts professor.

Sharim describes "Flora" as a collective memoir of post-teen daughters of immigrants who must teach themselves about love and tenderness in a world dominated by unnecessary suffering and pain. Filmed in a Mexican restaurant in downtown Merced, "Flora," blends elements of reality and fiction while telling the story of immigrants through music.

The premiere will be at the Philadelphia Latino Arts and Film Festival, which begins May 26. "Flora" has been chosen for subsequent screenings at several other festivals, at locations such as Denver, Boston and South Korea, Sharim said.

Sharim is a writer, filmmaker and photographer whose work navigates through fiction, improvisation and real-life events, His films offer an intimate portrayal of those who refuse to surrender amid daily devastation and strife, offering a vision for equality and solidarity in a divisive world. Recent films include "El Ojo Comienza En La Mano" (The Eye Begins in the Hand), "Experiments in Freedom" and "Letters2Maybe."

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