[This was my thesis film for my MFA in Directing at UCLA.]
The film is set in Germany in 1935. A ten-year-old girl, Eva, and her family witness an older woman taunting a Jewish family at an outdoor cafe. The gathering crowd watches on with amusement. Eva's initial delight at the spectacle is replaced with confusion when the taunts grow increasingly more humiliating.
Suddenly she senses the competing worldviews this scene provokes in others -- everything from laughter to disgust and apathy. Yet no one steps in for the family. Just as Eva begins to identify and empathize with the family's terrified young son, violence erupts unimpeded by anyone. The boy watches helplessly as his father is beaten, and his horror becomes Eva's horror. She finally looks to her father to help, and when Arthur refuses to get involved, Eva's perfect faith in him is lost.