SYNOPSIS

Our story begins in Brooklyn New York. There, we meet Grandma Sarah, Holocaust survivor and her daughter Hannah who, born in wartime Warsaw but raised in the USA, feels nothing but resentment for Poland. Joined by Hannah’s son Abey, they become engaged in a heated argument over Sarah’s receipt of a letter from Warsaw, advising her that she has inherited a tenement building in the city she was born. Sarah, confronted with this unexpected event, is thrust into memories of the war, while at the same time remembering her beautiful pre-war Poland.

She entrusts her grandson to go to Warsaw with the intent of a quick sale of the building.

 

There, Abey meets Alice, daughter of the director of a theatre housed in the building, who takes him on a tour of Warsaw followed by dinner with her father. In a surprise turn of events, the two men get into a heated argument over the “Jewish Question” and the “Polish Answer”, thus leaving Abey exasperated and angry. Retiring to his guest room in the building after the unfortunate dinner, Abey meets the ghost of the former owner of the building - Michael, who takes him on a dream-like journey, tells him of the 1000 year co-existence of the Jewish and Polish communities and takes him to Ghetto 1942. There, Abey watches the unfolding of the story of how his grandmother at 17, met the man she would fall in love with, by whom would father a child and because of whom would escape and survive. Throughout the vision, Abey learns of secrets kept and truths unearthed that to this day of which had never been spoken.

 

Morning brings the surprise  arrival of his mother and grandmother to Warsaw. The elderly lady leads her family to the basement of the building where she finds the hidden diary she left behind in the wake of her escape. These many years later, she decides that time and events have presented the opportunity to reveal truths she has kept secret for 70 years in order to protect her family's name and the legend of the true origin of Abey’s grandfather, the man who perished by saving the lives of others.

 

In the end, all doubts are dispelled while hope and cooperation prevail in the hands of Abey and Alice, the new generation symbolizing a clearer path towards truth and understanding.

  

© 2019 by Blast Productions / Musica Docet

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