"Finding Dzhulynka"
A Family's Search 
in Another Place for Another Time


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A Film By Richard Rosing

Part history, part mystery, and part travelogue, the documentary film "Finding Dzhulynka" follows an American family back to Russia and Ukraine, as they make a pilgrimage to the homeland their father lost to war and revolution.

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 summers.

In a peaceful spot, near the small village of Dzhulynka, what they find is more than a memory -- and nothing less than a miracle.

Special Bonus Features on the DVD

  • 22-minute educational background interview with noted Russia scholar Priscilla Roosevelt, author of "Life on the Russian Country Estate: A Social and Cultural History"
  • 31-minute compilation of rare historical recordings by famed Russian tenor Vladimir Rosing, with individual graphic menus providing performance notes
  • "Children of Memory" slideshow story supplement

"Finding 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