Side Events 2022


FILM TALK with Yehuda Sharim

13.05. | 3–5pm
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie,

HS A, NIG 4. Stock, Universitätsstr.7, 1010

In this year’s FILM TALK, Yehuda Sharim speaks about his feature-length film Letters2Maybe (2021) and provides insight into his narrative and cinematic approach that bears his artistic and socially engaged signature. In his work, the filmmaker, writer, poet, and professor of Global Art Studies at the University of California, Merced focuses on the relationship between the quotidian and the poetic. The Israeli-born son of Persian immigrants offers intimate studies of immigration and displacement, visibility and invisibility, as well as the meaning of home and belonging in the United States. Situated between fiction and documentary, Sharim gives tangible space to the participation of the protagonists and allows for an intimate portrayal of those who, against all odds and conflicts, refuse to capitulate. Comprised of interviews in monologue form, both projects reveal the fear, trauma, and resilience of the protagonists. The result is an attempt to create a vision for equality and renewed solidarity in a seemingly divided world.  His current film builds, amongst other formats, on protagonists’ monologues and thus reveals their fears and traumas as well as their resilience. The result is an attempt to create a vision for equality and renewed solidarity in a seemingly divided world. 

In cooperation with the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab of the IKSA at the University of Vienna and the Visual Studies Platform of the CEU, we explore the artistic collaborative approaches in Sharim’s work and discuss the importance of trust in long-term documentary film projects. After Songs that never end (2019) and Red Line Lullaby (2020), Letters2Maybe, nominated for the Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award 2022, is the third film by Yehuda Sharim shown at ethnocineca.

Talk held in English.




Yehuda Sharim | USA, Canada 2021 | 92 Min. | OmeU

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