Rummaging about in his attic, Londoner Dan Edelstyn stumbles upon a diary that once belonged to his grandmother, a Jewish Ukrainian who fled the Bolshevik Revolution. He learns that she's left behind a vodka-making factory, a discovery that prompts him to embark on a quest to bring it back to life.
Imagine having a poke around your attic, finding your grandmother’s diary and realising your family have a vodka factory in the Ukraine. This is what happened to Londoner Dan Edelstyn, whose Jewish family fled the Bolsheviks. Together with his pregnant wife, Dan sacrifices everything to travel to the now impoverished village with a Business Studies A Level and courageous determination to revive the business and revitalise the local economy. From the trials of perfecting a recipe to the fickleness of investors and tensions with his wife, every odd is stacked against Dan. Yet, you can’t help but be on his side in an underdog tale filled with humour, fear and, above all, spirit.
A heady delight of a documentary that will warm your cockles.
Reviewed by Eve Barlow