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Aida's Secrets

Aida's Secrets

About the Film

Aida's Secrets movingly documents family connections lost in the aftermath of WW II and then amazingly found again almost seventy years later. Two brothers, Izak and Shepsel, were babies at the Bergen Belsen displaced persons camp after World War II but separated and neither told of the others existence. They lived their entire lives – Izak in Israel, Shep in Canada - in the shadow of secrets kept from them by the people closest to them. Finally the genealogical and archival investigation pursued by Izak’s nephews, filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz, brings them together and provides surprising details of the clouded circumstances of their early life, the love story at the center of the mystery and the seemingly enigmatic choices of their mother Aida, while offering a rare glimpse into the little known displaced persons camps, a place where young people who somehow survived the war seized a second chance at life.


Director: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz

Reactions

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time

Awards & Festivals

  • World Premiere - 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • WInner, Audience Award - 2016 Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival
  • True Stories Selection - 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Izak Szewelewicz
Shep Shell
Aida Zasadsinska

Crew

Director: Alon Schwarz
Co-DirectorShaul Schwarz
Editor: Halil Efrat
Producers: Alon Schwarz, Barak Heymann, Erik Winker
Cinematography: Shaul Schwarz

Technical Info

Production Year: 2016
Countries of Production: Germany, US, Israel
Languages: English, Hebrew
Running Time: 1h 30m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated

Aida's Secrets - Press Page

Awards & Festivals

  • World Premiere - 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • WInner, Audience Award - 2016 Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival
  • True Stories Selection - 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival

Reactions

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time
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