Courtesy Naomi Uman

Courtesy Naomi Uman

Ukrainian Time Machine: Video Diary 2-1-2006 to the Present (2011) by Naomi Uman, video, 83 min, Ukraine/United States

“In 2006, experimental filmmaker Uman returned to the Ukraine, where her great-grandparents had lived a hundred years earlier. While there, she used a 16mm camera to capture rural life and a video camera to record her personal experiences, which she assembled into Video Diary 2-1-2006 to the Present. The elder babushky welcomed her warmly, but she struggled to adapt to local customs. Uman’s “reverse immigration” develops into a revealing personal narrative exploring gender disparity, the history of Judaism, and global immigration.” – MoMA Documentary Fortnight