The saga of how I and others became dissidents in Soviet Russia is a story of our people's faith and courage despite governmental threats and fear, one that is suited for the Nine Days, a period when the Jews of Jerusalem fought for their autonomy, religion and land.
The story begins in Riga, with memories of childhood, in which I lost my mother at the age of 12 - she was broken by my father's incarceration in antisemitic Soviet Russia.
I knew nothing of Judaism until I joined an underground Jewish group of young aduls and slowly grew closer and closer to my roots, not without hesitation and resistance on my part. Everything was new, everything was different, but I learned.
And so things progressed rapidly....
I returned to Riga to film my story.