"Where are you now? .."
In the heart of Australia, in the center of the world’s production of opals, Kuber Pedy, in a hot desert, whose inhabitants, fleeing from the heat, are building houses under the ground, there lives a woman who is looking for her son in Russia.
He was taken away from her many years ago in Shanghai, where she then found herself, along with tens of thousands of other Russian immigrants, divorced from their homeland.
It happened in 1947.
Nina Afanasyevna Shalagina and her husband George Nikanorovich Sukhoplyuev had two sons - Benjamin (8 years old) and George (5 years old).
Believing the promises of the Soviet government, but mainly under the pressure of his mother Domna, George took his eldest son from his wife and decided to return to the USSR. With them almost the entire family headed by Domnoy left, only Nina and her youngest son George were left in Shanghai.
In 1952 they moved to Australia, where they still live in one of the most exotic places on the planet.
About Benjamin and what happened to the whole family, Nina Afanasyevna does not know anything.
However, nothing good could happen to them in those years.
Husband George (in Shanghai - a talented violinist, in the USSR - a mechanic) stayed in the camp, volunteered for the virgin lands and died there.
His sister, Valentina Sukhoplyueva, a former prima ballerina of the Shanghai Opera House, worked as a teacher and died of tuberculosis in a provincial hospital.
Brother Dmitry, a brilliant officer who was awarded England’s highest government awards for participating in the Second World War, was arrested on charges of in connection with the fascist organization and exiled to the camps, after 8 years rehabilitated, but for him it did not matter.
And the mother, so eager for her own Samara, never got there, she died in Kyrgyzstan.
Benjamin is alive, works as a photographer and conductor at a camp site near the Issyk-Kul lake.
The meeting with the mother took place in the Moscow studio of the program "Wait for me."
Soon, they went together to George, who lives in the vicinity of Adelaide, then home to his mother in Coober Pedy.
The film was shot by the president of the Russian club in Shanghai, Mikhail Drozdov, the founder of the archive of Russian history in Harbin, and the oldest Russian resident of the city, Nikolai Zaika, passengers of the captured motor ship "Ilyich" Vladimir Vrudel (Tel-Aviv) and Vera Obezyuk (Odessa), lieutenant colonel of the internal service Alexey Bolkovsky, residents of the village of Grobovo, Australian friends and acquaintances of Nina Afanasyevna.
In the design of the film used documentary chronicle of different years.
Calendar: 1930s-1950s 2006
Locations: China  Australia  Israel  Ukraine  Kyrgyzstan  Yekaterinburg  Sverdlovsk region