A daughter’s search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish’s autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration.
Manfred Goldfish tried to suppress the trauma that made him a refugee in 1939. When his filmmaker daughter unearths her father’s extraordinary story, she also discovers where she belongs. Su Goldfish was raised in Trinidad, but moved to Australia when she was thirteen, following an attempted military coup. As a child, Su didn’t realise she was white. As an adult, she finds a new family in Sydney’s queer community, learns she is Jewish and that she has half-siblings on the other side of the world. Told through a personal archive stretching across a century, this search for one lost family echoes through all those touched by forced migration.
Su Goldfish, the director of documentary The Last Goldfish, joins JIFF manager Erin Rosenberg live in conversation.
Su Goldfish is the manager of the UNSW Creative Practice Lab and the producer of performance and media works for the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Besides programming a diverse range of performances, screenings, exhibitions and writing events for UNSW, Su is an independent filmmaker.
The Last Goldfish is available to stream At Home.
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