LIFT co-presents Early Monthly Segments #79 with Naomi Uman


Leche by Naomi Uman


Early Monthly Segments (EMS) #79

Naomi Uman in person!


Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)


Early Monthly Segments is pleased to welcome back Naomi Uman, who last visited us in 2010 to present the Ukrainian Time Machine, a series of films that focused on her time spent living off the land in a small community in central rural Ukraine. Uman is in Toronto as an Artist in Residence at LIFT, where she is editing a film she shot in a tiny mountain village in Albania.


Uman will present an earlier diptych, Leche (1998) and Mala Leche (2003). Leche focuses on a dairy farm family in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Uman lived with the family for a year, shooting and handprocessing the film on site to develop a documentary portrait of their daily life. Made five years later, Mala Leche follows members of the family who have migrated to California’s Central Valley. A controversial portrait of the difficulty of migration, Mala Leche was in part a catalyst for Uman’s own decision to resettle in her ancestral homeland in Ukraine just a few years later. 


“By the time I was up there and living with the family, I realized I was in a situation that no one in their right mind would want to put themselves in. I had to make a movie and I had to make an honest movie. That’s where Mala Leche came from.”

—Naomi Uman


Naomi Uman’s visit is made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts through their Visiting Foreign Artists program.



Leche, Naomi Uman, 1998, USA/Mexico, 16mm, 30 minutes
Mala Leche, Naomi Uman, 2003, Mexico, 16mm, 47 minutes


Uman will be joining LIFT in Toronto from December 2015 to January 2016 as our Winter 2016 Artist in Residence.



Monday 14 December 2015 –

Non-members: $5 - $10 suggested donation
Members: $5 - $10 suggested donation

The Gladstone Hotel 
1214 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor Gallery 
Toronto ON Canada