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Central Florida Jewish Film Festival


Buy a Mensch Pass to receive admission to all 6 Central Florida Jewish Film Festival (CFJFF) programs with first priority seating! Or buy a Series Pass to receive discounted admission to all 6 CFJFF programs and second priority seating after Mensch Passholders.

Coming into her own, a young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love in this delicate, melancholic romance. Best Actress-winner at the Morelia International Film Festival, co-writer/co-producer Naian Gonzalez Norvind gives an intimate, honest portrayal of Ariela, an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood.  Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to a passionate courtship with Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life.  As their feelings deepen, Ariela must weigh their unsanctioned relationship against rejection by her family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep. Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, writer-director Isaac Cherem’s directorial debut deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.

Mexico, 2018, 95 min, Directed by Isaac Cherem, Not Rated, In Spanish with English subtitles

  • “A thought-provoking work of art that tells an intimate and authentic story. Gonzalez Norvind delivers a raw and honest performance. Grade: A”

    – Emma Loggins, FANBOLT
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