history, part mystery, and part travelogue, the documentary film "Finding
follows an American family back to Russia and Ukraine, as they
make a pilgrimage to the homeland their father lost to war and
In the winter of 1916, just a few weeks before the Tsar was driven from power, Vladimir Rosing escaped Russia. He gained a lifetime of freedom, but was denied his beloved family, his inheritance, and his country forever.
Rosing forged a new life in England and America, building a long, distinguished international career as an opera singer and recording artist, but he never forgot the people and places he loved so much. Vladimir never knew what befell them behind the silent terror of Stalin's Russia.
In September 2001, in the horrific shadow of another momentous world event, Rosing's
descendants arrive in St. Petersburg to try solving the eighty-five year old mystery of what happened to Vladimir's family.
As they explore the city, they experience a deep resonance with their family's past, discovering that place itself has a surprising power to connect.
Journeying south to the wheat fields of
Ukraine, they look for remnants of their family's country estate, a place where the Rosings had
spent so many happy
In a peaceful spot, near the small village of Dzhulynka, what they find is more than a memory -- and nothing less than a miracle.
Bonus Features on the DVD
educational background interview with noted Russia scholar Priscilla
Roosevelt, author of "Life on the Russian
Country Estate: A Social and Cultural History"
compilation of rare historical recordings by famed Russian
tenor Vladimir Rosing, with individual graphic menus
providing performance notes
of Memory" slideshow
Dzhulynka" makes the history
of late Imperial and Soviet Russia come alive.
The DVD is as gripping as a mystery story
and as compelling as a romance novel." --Mary Conroy, BuyIndies.com