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

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Sephora Woldu

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 https://vimeo.com/168284090" target="_blank">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.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.