Yehuda Sharim is a scholar, filmmaker, and postdoctoral fellow in Jewish Studies and a Kinder Scholar at Rice University. His book manuscript, Wake Up and Act: Sephardic-Mizrahi Racial Identities in Palestine, 1918-1948, is concerned with interdisciplinary approaches to the question of race in Mandate Palestine. His most recent films, we are in it (2016) and, Lessons in Seeing (2017) provide a comparative study of immigration and displacement, presenting the greatest challenges to integration for various migrant groups as we refashion constructions of home, nation, and belonging. Sharim is the co-founder of Houston in Motion: Empowering Houston Refugee Communities, a multimedia project that provides a window into the lives and experiences of immigrant and refugee communities in Houston.
Film Website: weareinitfilm.com
Project website: Houstoninmotion.org
PhD Culture and Performance, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Program