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The Long Way Home: Introduction (02:30)


This segment orients viewers to the ancestral search for Lidia Bastianich, Julianna Margulies, and Azar Nafisi.

Julianna Margulies (03:24)

Margulies' love of acting began in college. Her mother was a ballerina and her father was a writer in the advertising industry. Margulies was born in New York and spent her early years in Europe; she felt disconnected from her extended family and Jewish traditions. (Credits)

Lidia Bastianich (02:17)

Bastianich celebrates her Italian heritage through food; she opened her first restaurant at the age of 24. Food helps Bastianich connect to her past. She grew up in Pula and helped her grandmother in the garden.

Azar Nafisi (02:46)

Nafisi was born in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. in 1997. Images from Iran shown in America appalled her and she set out to create a more nuanced portrait of her homeland. Books taught her universality.

Margulies: Family Struggles (07:10)

Margulies' great-grandparents Pincus and Matilda Margulies lived in Braila, Romania where they experienced antisemitism; 75,000 Jews emigrated to the U.S. between 1881 and 1914. The couple settled in the lower east side of New York City and Pincus established a successful hat store.

Bastianich: Family Struggles (07:54)

Mussolini subdued the Slavic population on the Istrian Peninsula until Slavic Partisans regained control. Two thirds of Istria was ceded to Yugoslavia at war's end and thousands fled; Bastianich's family stayed behind and changed their surname. They eventually fled to Trieste, Italy and applied for asylum.

Nafisi: Family Struggles (06:56)

Nafisi's parents Ahmed and Nezhat played significant roles in shaping modern Iranian history; Ahmed's arrest made international news. Iran became an Islamic Republic in 1978; Nafisi was forced to conform to religious mandates. She and her husband eventually left Iran.

Margulies' Family Tree (07:26)

Pincus' death certificate lists his parents Abraham Margulies and Baila Riker; scholars traced the Margulies name back to the 1500s and Jacob Margolioth. Ida Ginsberg, born in Russia, emigrated to the U.S. with her family. The ship Ida and her mother were on sank en route and they were rescued by a Scottish boat.

Bastianich's Family Tree (04:52)

Records reveal that Bastianich's family was using the surname Motika before WWII. The Istrian Peninsula became part of Italy after WWI, changing her family's nationality; Mussolini's rule had devastating consequences for non-Italians and all Slavic names had to be Italianized.

Nafisi's Family Tree (04:31)

Mohammad Kouhbanani, Nafisi's third-great-grandfather, lived in Kerman Province. He and Nafasi's fourth-great-granduncle Mosafar Ali Shah were eminent Sufis. Shia clerics waged war against the Sufis in the 18th century; Shah was poisoned.

DNA Answers (02:20)

DNA analysis confirmed the family roots of Margulies and Nafisi. Bastianich's results reveal 63% Eastern Europe, 28% Italy and 28% Greece, and 6% West Europe.

Credits: The Long Way Home: Lidia Bastianich, Julianna Margulies, Azar Nafisi—Finding Your Roots, Season 3 (00:32)

Credits: The Long Way Home: Lidia Bastianich, Julianna Margulies, Azar Nafisi—Finding Your Roots, Season 3

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Discover how actress Julianna Marguiles, author Azar Nafisi and Chef Lidia Bastianich are bound together by their ancestors’ singular and deeply human desire to preserve their most cherished traditions.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL129887

Copyright date: ©2016

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