Naomi Uman’s Mala Leche and Unnamed Film
January 16 only
Unnamed Film (2008) 55 minutes
Mala Leche (1998) 47 minutes
Both films in 16mm
Co-presented by Canyon Cinema.
Each of these films by Naomi Uman are more typically presented together with other works from her oeuvre. Mala Leche is often paired with her thesis film, Leche, which preceded it. Unnamed Film is one of the longer pieces in Uman’s Ukrainian Time Machine cycle. Viewed together these two films function as community portraits, woven around stories of immigration. Daily life, work and play, of both a small agricultural town in California’s Central valley, and a rural village in the Ukraine are portrayed though an interplay of image, sound and text. Mala Leche was made in Pixley, California, when Uman was living with the extended family of the ranchers of Central Mexico, featured in Leche. Unnamed Film was made in Legdzine, Ukraine, during a time when the filmmaker returned to live in the village her Jewish ancestors had left more than a hundred years prior, escaping persecution.
Born and raised in New York City, Naomi Uman is a filmmaker, visual artist, farmer and adventurer. She works alone, often accompanied by a small dog, exploring the worlds of others and her own. The treasures found on these expeditions are manifest in small films, paintings, handmade clothing, home harvested and cooked meals and now, her first video project. Uman’s films have been exhibited at venues including Sundance, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian, and Whitney Museums as well as Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo El Chopo and Laboratorio Arte Alameda. She has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Canyon Cinema’s co-presentation of this event is made possible through the generous support of the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Program.