For 2700 years, Jews in Iran have celebrated Passover to commemorate the Exodus of their ancestors from Egypt. Iranian Jews residing in Los Angeles have experienced another exodus in their lifetimes, leaving Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. The Fifth Question examines the Persian Passover tradition in the Iranian-American Jewish community in Los Angeles, reflecting on intergenerational continuity through the eyes of three generations.
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Illustrations appear throughout the film and are based on memory of personal events and ancestral stories. Quick sketches were scanned into Illustrator as basis for digital stylus drawings that were imported into Photoshop for painting.