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February 12 - May 2


February 12
May 2


South Bay Film Society

LAST CHANCE!   Ticket sales end Sunday May 2.

LEONA is an intimate and moving story of forbidden love in Mexico City’s insular Syrian Jewish community.

“Isaac Cherem’s LEONA [is] a refreshingly crisp and commonsense take on heritage, familial obligations, and the drawbacks of dating outside one’s faith….Any Jew who has ever partaken in an interfaith romance will find in LEONA some of the freshest, most authentic first-date dialogue-exchanges ever committed to film.” – Scott Marks, San Diego Reader

“Ariela is constantly rejected by her community for who she is and the kind of artist she aspires to be…The question at the heart of LEONA is grander: Should you sacrifice your individual happiness in the name of upholding tradition?   At one point, Ariela’s grandmother tells her that what she’s feeling for Iván is not worth all the trouble.   “It’s not about love,” she tells Ariela. LEONA seems to take this pronouncement as both a question and a defiant statement.” – Marcos Hassan, Remezcla

Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

Length: 1 hr. 34 min.

VIEWING OPTIONS (your film can be viewed as often as you wish for 7 days from the date of purchase):
Option 1: Watch the film on any computer, laptop, ipad, chromebook or other mobile devices by clicking on the “watch now” button in the purchase confirmation sent to your email.
Option 2: One way to view on a television is to mirror or cast the film from one of the above devices to your television.

The best way to watch this film on television is with the Vimeo app which you can load on your smart TV.   For this film you create a free Vimeo account when you purchase the ticket (or if you have an existing Vimeo account you will login to the account when you purchase a ticket).   Remember the email and password for your Vimeo account if you are going to add the Vimeo channel to your tv as described below.

Option 3: Add the Vimeo channel on your television using Roku.
a) Go to the Channel store from your Roku home screen.   Vimeo will appear in multiple lists, but it is easiest to navigate to the Photos & Video row to find the channel.
b) Click the Vimeo icon to start downloading the app and follow the instructions on the screen.

Option 4: Add the vimeo channel on your television using AppleTV.   Search for Vimeo and install.
a) Once installed, open the app and click on the “sign in” button.
b) The app will provide you with an activation code.
c) On a computer or mobile device, visit the activation page, sign in (if you are not), and enter that code.
d) The app will then refresh, and you will be able to watch the video content.