Nuclear Family

Set in green New Zealand on the eve of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, following a colourful bunch of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union and Venezuela as they swing between the shocks and delights of their new lives. If only Abbi’s in-laws could get out of the Soviet Union and be reunited with their family, she just might stop longing for her own in Venezuela. And if shrewd old Babushka could get get her granddaughter Zina to sort out her own life instead of trying to manipulate everyone elses’, she would fulfil a promise she once made. Longing to belong in this upside down word of Kiwis, they struggle with the realisation that although the grass is definitely greener on the free side, the fence is still there, and their loved ones are on the other side. Are freedom and control over one’s destiny only illusions?