Global Arts Studies Professor Yehuda Sharim ’s film “El Ojo Comienza en la Mano,” a documentary about a Central Valley farm worker who never gave up his love of painting, has been garnering awards and nominations around the world since it came out in 2022.
Yehuda Sharim’s short film “The Eye Begins In The Hand” reflects the sad truth that even in the world of art appreciation, a campesino is still seen as just a strong pair of arms. The concept that someone from such a humble background can produce art is inconceivable to the possessor of such a mindset.
The Critical Carceral Studies Lab, a prison abolitionist research project within the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies at Virginia Tech, received two grants last November to grow their work advocating for a justice system not centered around incarceration.
Film festivals across the world continue to reach out to filmmaker and Professor Yehuda Sharim to invite him to screen his latest films "El Ojo Comienza En La Mano" (translated to "The Eye Begins in the Hand") and "Letters2Maybe."