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Yesterday Ended Last Night

Frames Per Second: Exemplary films from the Social Documentation M.F.A
Still from "Yesterday Ended Last Night," courtesy of Oana Tenter
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 12:00pm to Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 5:00pm
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz
Presented by: 
Film and Digital Media
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

Film Screening: Yesterday Ended Last Night (2022)
Directed by Oana Tenter and Delia Marinescu

In the Arizona desert, a community of Christian Romanians live in the fear that the socialism they left behind the Iron Curtain is making a comeback in their new home, America. Two women filmmakers travel the literal and emotional distance to understand how their fellow Romanians have turned far-right Americans. Threading a fine line between being accepted and rejected by the church members, the filmmakers process the ethics of their methodologies and ponder upon the purpose of their documentation. The project takes a close look at the intersection of politics and religion in the lives of a Romanian-American conservative Christian community in Arizona and weaves a multigenerational portrait of its members. 


Exemplary films from the Social Documentation M.F.A. cohorts (2021 and 2022) rotate in an exhibition called Frames Per Second. The films document communities, cultures, issues, and individuals who are marginalized in the current landscape of representation, and reveal how the documentarians are working for social transformation. Find more information about the filmmakers here on the Sesnon Gallery website. 



Yesterday Ended Last Night
Jan 17–28, 2023
Hours of operation for the Sesnon Art Gallery

Frames Per Second 
Sept 20, 2022–Jan 28, 2023
Screening rotation schedule for the exhibition
Hours of operation for the Sesnon Art Gallery

Nov 9, 2022
SocDoc screening at the Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz


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