'Life is Fare' Director Sephora Woldu on her “love letter” to the Tenderloin | KALW

'Life is Fare' Director Sephora Woldu on her “love letter” to the Tenderloin

Nov 7, 2018

When self-taught San Francisco filmmaker, Sephora Woldu began production on her debut feature-length film Life Is Fare, she wanted to make what she describes as a “love letter” to the Tenderloin neighborhood she calls home.

Sephora filmed for four years, casting local residents from the Tenderloin to tell a story about different perspectives on Eritrean identity and the migration journeys that inspire them. Over the past few months, Sephora has been premiering Life Is Fare at film festivals throughout the country as well as abroad, and she recently stopped by the KALW studios to discuss how the whole process got started.

"It's kind of a throwback to this era where cab drivers and people who worked in service, they did come to San Francisco, and came to neighborhoods like the Tenderloin to figure it out."

You can catch a screening of the film Life Is Fare followed by a discussion with Sephora Woldu on November 8 at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.