1529 Sixteenth Street
Back by Popular Demand – A Smash Hit at JxJ 2019
A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her conservative family and forbidden love with a non-Jewish man. He helps her discover the world outside her tight-knit community, but the transition is as fraught as it is exciting. Textured with the unrelenting drama of a Jane Austen novel, Leona centers on a tightrope navigation of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her most fervent desires.
The choices before her aren’t easy, and director Isaac Cherem’s debut film masterfully ratchets up the tension while maintaining a grounded accessibility throughout.