Written and Directed by Clara Zucker '22
Shayna Punim is a story about growing, changing, and discovering who you are after the death of a loved one. It encompasses Jewish tradition and ritual around death and the human urge to hold onto the ones we love after they have passed away. When Ava’s grandma, who she refers to as ‘Nonnie’ passes away suddenly, Ava must reconcile the fact that she is still finding herself, with the reality that Nonnie will only ever know a past, false version of who her granddaughter was. Shayna Punim takes place the hour before Nonnie’s shiva begins. When Hannah, Ava’s girlfriend, shows up to the shiva early, Ava is confronted with the difficulties of coming out to her family, and entering a new chapter of life when one so dear to her has closed. As Ava grapples with her identity and her loss, she begins to resent the people who love her for who she truly is.