Maria directed by shiri paamony eshel


1500 Sixth Street
Coachella, CA 92236
Sunday, October 14th
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM



Maria is an 18 year old poet, daughter of Mexican immigrants from the Bronx NY. Maria’s life was never easy, as she had to live with her alcoholic father, mother, mother’s schizophrenic husband and 2 sisters. The family moved between housing projects and shelters and never really had hope for a better future.
When Maria started going to high school she experienced depression and social isolation which led her to cutting herself. Luckily she started writing poems.

The movie opens the door to the world of a young woman who, against all odds, keeps the faith; no family support, not an easy life, with only her poems to keep her from falling. The images from Maria’s present life in college and with her parents are weaved with her past in the form of artistic storytelling.


Shiri Paamony Eshel – Short Bio

I am a director, videographer, editor, and photographer; skills which I have acquired over the past 18 years, beginning with commercial TV in Israel and developed during my travels as a cultural project manager rural areas, mostly in Africa.

I obtained my Master in documentary film at the NY School of Visual Arts in 2016.  I strongly believe in the importance of documenting and promoting all global cultural and social aspects, and what fascinates me most are indigenous cultures, whether extinct or still existing, and generally inspiring stories of major breakthroughs, whether physical, emotional, spiritual or other. As long as there is a story to tell, all the more so if the story is one that shines a light on how to make this world a better place.


Director’s Statement

Maria is a very interesting girl who represents a situation that many kids today face. The circle of poverty is so strong and usually gives no one a way out, Maria found a door and that is why her story had to be told
Maria’s ‘against all odds’ story gives hope, inspiration and the realization that anything is possible






Check out the trailer here: