In the opening sequence, the viewer learns the definition of the so-called syndrome which inspires the title of the film -- it causes family members to glorify their heritage and to exaggerate their importance and their contributions to society. This is the story of Jewish aristocracy, the story of a dynasty that undoubtedly made major contributions to Jewish life and to Israeli society.
The irreverent filmmaker travels with his wife and children to London to search for his family roots and finds quite a bit of fascinating trivia. Nothing is sacred or secret in the eyes of the filmmaker, not the fact that a number of the Bentwich daughters converted to Christianity, not the fact that one was in love with the economist John Maynard Keynes who did not return her feelings, and not the fact that his own father (a recipient of the coveted Israel Prize) was considered the black sheep of the family.
Using animated techniques, the film is a creative and fascinating story of a leading and impressive Zionist family. Although somewhat self-indulgent, it is certainly entertaining!
The film The Bentwich Syndrome (documentary, 70 minutes) is available from the filmmakers, Gur Bentwich and Maya Koenig, at Gurumaya Productions (email@example.com ).