A young Jewish-American man obsessed with his family history, Jonathan Safran Foer (Elijah Wood) decides to travel to Ukraine to find out more about the life of his grandfather, armed with an old photograph and a pocket full of small plastic bags. Guided by Alex (Eugene Hutz), a rap-obsessed local, Jonathan ventures into the heartland of Ukraine trying to shed light on events that occurred during World War II. Joining them on the road trip is Alex's surly grandfather (Boris Leskin)and a dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
“EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED is a film that grows in reflection. The first time I saw it, I was hurtling down the tracks of a goofy ethnic comedy when suddenly we entered dark and dangerous territory. The second time, I was more aware of the journey director Liev Schreiber was taking us on, and why it is necessary to begin where he begins in order to get where he’s going.” A strong recommendation from internationally respected film critic Roger Ebert.