The duality of a bicultural identity
"I grew up in a dual identity home, to a Jewish mother and Belarusian father. From a very young age I heard two different narratives: Jewish and Christian. When you grow up in different cultures you learn that there are no right answers, you get used to the diversity of opinions, traditions, practices, and moreover, you find it difficult to belong to one 'Home' that defines who you are. Throughout the years, you find that you are kind of a hybrid human-being who eats gefilte fish (a weird Jewish culinary dish), who wears a David’s star necklace and colors eggs for Easter. At age 20, I moved to Israel, a place I strongly felt I could call 'Home' but found myself in the middle of the Middle-East, where people all to easily labeled me as 'Russian', which forced me once again to ask myself 'Who am I? Is this my Home? Where is my home? Do I even have a home?'"
A story from the heart
"When my teacher and mentor, Arik Kaplun, a well known Israeli director, told me the story I should choose for the final project must come from the heart and not from the head, I knew what I would choose. Arik said: 'Choose a story that you will always want to work on. Even if you had to stop, and 10 years passed, you’d want to pick it up right away'. Finding my 'home' is what I’ve been doing since I can remember myself. This would be my story."
"The first part of the script was easily resurrected from my memories: One time, when I was about 7 years old, I came home after my curfue. As a 'joke', my mother didn’t let me in saying she didn't know me. This was the starting point, and with Arik’s help, I developed the rest."