שיר בת ה־12 נדרשת להכין עבודת שורשים. המטלה ה"משעממת" הופכת אט אט לדרמה סוחפת המגלמת בתוכה סודות רבים וסיפור משפחתי של שלושה דורות ששילמו בגורלם, תוך כדי מלחמת העולם השנייה והשואה, העלייה וההגשמה הציונית, ועד התפרקות האידיאל הקיבוצי. מה המשמעות של המשא ההיסטורי הכבד הזה עבור נערה ישראלית היום, החיה ברשת האינטרנט, בסדרות טלוויזיה ובמין שקט שאינו מודע לשבריריותם של החיים? או כמו ששיר מבטאת זאת לאביה, במאי הסרט: "הרי לא תהיה שואה 2..."
IsraeliFilmfestival on PBS is an ongoing series of films by Israeli filmmakers to be broadcasted on US public television. The series is the first of its kind and will give American viewers a unique look at the multi-faceted Israeli culture and way of life. The series will provide a platform to expose Israeli filmmaker’s work to new audiences across America. Airing will beging in mid september 2010.
The three Darwish brothers, who immigrated from Iraq to Israel in the 50's, established the family factory "Fantasia" - a menorah factory. For a time period of 50 years they designed, manufactured and shipped Chanukah menorahs for the entire world and now...the family factory is about to close down.
From this point in time, the director, who is the son of the youngest brother, is starting to embark on a journey that unravels the history of his family, going back 100 years. The story weaves memories from Iraq and Israel – two homelands, two languages, two identities, two enemies. The director is trying to reconstruct the narrative of his family, a narrative that has disappeared in the silence and shame that followed the family move to Israel. The father's silence is finally broken by the director's relentless inquiries, which reveal a story about five lost years of his father in the Iraqi prison.
Hoiami Nguyen never imagined that he would end up so far from his home village of Bong Son in central Vietnam. Political circumstances and the roulette of life have washed him to the shores of Israel. The penniless Vietnamese refugee became a father of 5 Hebrew speaking Israeli daughters. His daughter - Vaan, describes her parents' ordeal using a razor sharp language in her blog. She feels trapped in circles of identity that will never meet. Caught between her wild and stormy Israeli spirit and the expectations to be modest and obedient Vietnamese at home, there is unbridgeable abyss. When her father returns to his family in Vietnam, Vaan finds herself absorbed into his tragic story - a cruel tale of loss and survival. Hoimai's dream of return sends Vaan to look for a brighter future in the new-old country. She joins him in trying to reclaim the lands of the family, in the remote village at the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.
The Journey of Vaan Nguyen has premiered at the Asian-American Film Festival in San Francisco, it won the Remi Award at Houston Worldfest, and showcased in more than 30 festivals world-wide.