- original title
- Chen Shelach
- 52 min
A 12-year-old girl must complete an ancestry assignment for school.
This initially ‘boring’ task slowly takes on a sweeping historical aspect embodying many secrets of three generations of a single family, beginning before World War II, through Holocaust trauma, and up to collective kibbutz idealism.
Using home-movie footage and early greying photographs, as well as pointed questioning to camera of family members otherwise in denial, filmmaker Chen Shelach reconstructs and interrogates the fascinating tale of his family’s tortuous journey through betrothal and betrayal, and displays the need for truth and honest closure.