About The Film
Ariela, a young Syrian Jewish woman from Mexico City, must navigate the long-standing traditions of her family and fears backlash to her forbidden romance. A promising, independent-minded artist who signs her public murals "Leona" (lion in Hebrew); she is compelled by her community to find an appropriate life partner but falls for an unexpected suitor. Her newfound relationship forces her to confront the deeply ingrained cultural and religious values her family holds dear in this coming-of-age romance and woman-centered arthouse film.
Isaac Cherem is a Mexico City native who graduated from the Los Angeles Film School in 2011. He founded the production company Fosforescente. LEONA (2018) is his directorial debut.
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