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How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire (2012)

Feature documentary charting the journey of film director Dan Edelstyn as he tracks down his long lost Jewish Ukrainian heritage and then attempts to relaunch his great grandfather's once ... See full summary »

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Feature documentary charting the journey of film director Dan Edelstyn as he tracks down his long lost Jewish Ukrainian heritage and then attempts to relaunch his great grandfather's once glorious vodka empire. The film constitutes a whirlwind journey through European times and spaces - the story has it all, revolution and romance, exile and entrepreneurship, and at its heart lies a life changing discovery of a vodka distillery in Ukraine. Written by Anonymous

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Vodka Birodalom  »

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Just what kind of film is this?
8 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is it a historical novel? Is it a romance? Is it autobiographical? Is it film-maker tries his hand as vodka entrepreneur? Is it the film-maker's search for his Jewish roots? Actually, its all of them combined.

Saw this film last night at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and met and spoke with film-maker Dan Edelstyn. Especially interesting since his and my Ukrainian roots cross, but about 15 years removed.

Especially liked the interspersing of the present with the past, and film-maker's use of his own family and friends to create the story.

Now, if only I could get a DVD of this ...


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