5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95343

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Description: The camera is obsessed with light. Darkness is never considered aesthetically pleasing. We are told that we need to see: we need to see as a way to learn and make sense. And light is the most critical ingredient in shaping that illusion of “seeing” as “being.” We are like our cameras, chasing lights, forgetting that the uncertainty accompanying darkness is inseparable from any light source. In this talk, we will interrogate what it means to follow a creative vision (start a film, book, and more), exploring this desire to create, shape, and enter a space of experimentation. We will examine different aspects of community cinema and consider the various personal/collective challenges and doubts that keep us away from THE work we know we are meant to do. This talk concerns the thirst to film and create new visions during calamitous times.

BIO: Yehuda Sharim, Ph.D., is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and poet. As the son of Persian immigrants to Israel, his work focuses on the relationship between the quotidian and the poetic. Sharim’s films have appeared in film festivals, artistic venues, and universities across the world. Oscillating between fiction and documentary filmmaking, his work offers an intimate portrayal of those who refuse to surrender amidst daily devastation and culminating strife, offering a vision for equality and renewed solidarity in a divisive world. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Program of Global Art Studies at the University of California, Merced.

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