Directed By: Julia Kots /
USA / 2006 / English, Russian (English Subtitles)
Short Film (up to 45 minutes) / Comedy; Coming of age
Territory Rights: WORLD-WIDE, USA, CANADA (English), CANADA (French), ASIA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, ISRAEL, EDUCATIONAL, NON-THEATRICAL
Exhibition Format: Prores/QT
Option for Live Appearance: Q&A
Name of guest: Julia Kots
Role of guest: writer / director / editor
An Americanized Russian immigrant battles
his overbearing family for the right to undergo the ultimate rite.
It is a little known fact that Russian Jews did not practice circumcision during Communist rule and very few have resumed the tradition after the fall of the Soviet Union. Having immigrated as a little boy, our protagonist, Misha, seems like a regular successful young New Yorker, except for one thing: foreskin. As he lies in the hospital about to go under the scalpel, his eccentric Russian family goes to desperate and hilarious measures to try to stop him from taking that final step to becoming a real American.