A woman from Los Angeles tries to come to
terms with her father's death by traveling to Italy, the land of his
birth, to trace the roots of his family tree.
With the help of her feisty 82 year old aunt, her fatherís sister, she
travels relentlessly from city to city, digging through ancient
manuscripts and interviewing a wide range of quirky scholars, to piece
together the fascinating story of her Italian Jewish ancestors.
As the woman continues her journey, her aunt begins to come to terms with
her own past, and plans a journey to find and thank the family who hid her
and the woman's father during WWII.
Using both Monty Python-style animation and computer enhanced marionettes,
the film tells the story of Jewish money lenders, mystics, scientists and
politicians, while reflecting on how our parents and their roots affect
our sense of belonging, identity, and self worth.
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