The dark corners of growing up as a new immigrant are powerfully explored in this intense documentary. Arriving in Israel from Moldova in the 1990's left Sophia unstable and yearning for more. Her well educated parents are unable to control their only daughter as she rapidly descends from singer in a rock-band to drug addict and to prostitute. Sophia is strong and weak, vulnerable and impervious. Her wrenching journey into darkness is strikingly documented by filmmaker Ohad Itach whose chance meeting with Sophia leads not only to a powerful film, but to the possibility of moving forward.
Directed and produced by: Ohad ItachSponsored by: MAKOR Foundation and YES DocoLanguage: Hebrew and Russian with English, French or Russian subtitles
Globes, May, 2010
All through this fascinating documentary film, I could not get the tune of an old Israeli ballad about a young woman who wants to be a rock star – only there is no such thing.
Sophia was a nice looking girl from a normal family that moved to Israel from Moldova. Even at an early age Sophia showed non-conformist tendencies, but what happens to many of us at age 16, became extreme with her. She was a lyricist and soloist for a Russian language rock band. But at some point her journey went further and she becomes self-destructive as she gets addicted to drugs and starts working as a prostitute.
This hair-raising film follows her family closely, especially her mother who tries against all odds to save her daughter who often seems ungrateful – it is not always obvious which is stronger; Sophia or her urge for self-destruction.
There are many youngsters who fall on hard times, but not many can articulate the honesty and intelligence that Sophia does.