A Note from the Director
Pink Mist is a political film in the guise of a family drama, filled with quirky characters – each with their own sense of humor.
My grandparents came to this country fleeing from prejudice communities in Europe and knowing that the United States was their best hope for a better life. Today, I don’t think an immigrant can really feel that way.
And this depresses me on a deep level.
In the 1950s racism was blatant, but by the 1970s it was lessened or at the very least looked down upon so much that it was mostly hidden from view. In the wake of 9/11, racism has slowly reared its head publicly again and I fear is on its way to becoming “acceptable” in the land of equality and freedom for all.
I could sit and wallow in a large glass of wine watching Charlie Chaplin films like The Great Dictator and wondering where I might opt to flee to someday or I could write and direct my own off-beat comedy to express what I am seeing and how much I hope we can change.
I don’t think my pain is unique; I think many people are feeling disappointed with life in America and my hope is this film will bring hope to those looking for it and help fuel change for the better.
None of the characters in Pink Mist are all bad or all good. They are human beings dealing with life as they need to. As POLINA says in the script when asked about her hypocritical manner of keeping a kosher home, but eating pork when at a restaurant:
“I do what works for me.”
It is a simple statement, but it speaks volumes about the complexity and balance of how one sees oneself. She is not just a Jew living in America. She is an American who is Jewish. POLINA represents the human spirit that has seen it all and survived.
She explains in her recipe for chicken soup:
“Chicken soup is nice because it is very simple and keeping things simple can be comforting even in the darkest of times. Chicken is good for you. It provides protein needed to grow and keep our brains working to their full potential. Chickens are also a reminder to not be stupid. Chickens are very stupid and so they end up in soup. Don’t be like the chicken.”
She is the voice of pragmatism and understands that each person must fall down and get up if they are to become a full human being.
When Sasha hops outside (without her prosthetic) to protect Alia from the boys who are chasing her and ends up falling down on the pavement, Polina does not applaud her brave actions or fret over Sasha’s potential injury, she simply says,
“You shouldn’t go outside without your foot.”
The girls in the film represent the voices of the innocent people who are all too often victims of circumstances beyond their control. One, Sasha, is the passive victim who must learn to make her own decisions rather than resign herself to her fate. The second, Alia, is the defiant victim who must learn which battles to fight and which to walk away from. The third, Hannah, is the fearful victim who hides from the world.
If we can learn to understand one another and accept that bad things happen to good people, perhaps we can move forward as a people. If nothing else, I hope this film will allow people to laugh a little…we need worldwide laughter right now…