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Aida's Secrets

Aida's Secrets

Critics’ Pick. “Remarkable. A fascinating mystery.” The New York TImes

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Aida's Secrets

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About the Film

In this moving documentary, the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family’s quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other.

Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Though Izak was able to form a relationship with his birth mother, his life was turned upside down years later when he located not only his birth certificate, but also another of a brother he never knew existed.

Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of identity, resilience, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep—both nearly 70 years old—finally meet in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time.

Director: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Release Date: 10/20/17

Reactions

NYT Critics’ Pick. “Remarkable. A fascinating mystery.” - Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times
Full Review 

“Gripping, Intimate...” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Full Review 

“Haunting. A fascinating portrait of a family that finds love after trauma. An unusual and moving story.” Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post
Full Review 

Spellbinding. A complex saga of secrets, lies and tearful reunions." - Martin Knelman, Toronto Star
Full Review 

Powerful." - Jeffrey Kluger, TIME Magazine
Full Review 


Awards & Festivals

  • Winner - Jury Prize for Best Documentary, 2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

  • Winner - Audience Award, 2017 Miami Jewish Film Festival

  • Official Selection - 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival

  • True Stories Selection - 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • Winner - Audience Award, 2016 Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival

  • World Premiere - 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Izak Szewelewicz
Shep Shell
Aida Zasadsinska

Crew

Director: Alon Schwarz
Co-DirectorShaul Schwarz
Editor: Halil Efrat
Producer: Alon Schwarz
Cinematographer: Shaul Schwarz

Technical Info

Production Year: 2016
Release Date: 10/20/17
Countries of Production: Germany, US, Israel
Languages: English, Hebrew
Running Time: 1h 35m
Screen Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated

Theaters

New York
New York
10/20/17
Los Angeles
California
10/20/17
Boca Raton
Florida
10/27/17
Miami Beach
Florida
10/27/17
Boca Raton
Florida
10/27/17
Delray Beach
Florida
10/27/17
Encino
California
10/27/17
Pasadena
California
10/27/17
Lake Worth
Florida
10/27/17
Washington D.C.
Virginia
11/1/17
Tamarac
Florida
11/10/17
Chicago
Illinois
11/10/17
Hudson
New York
11/16/17
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
11/24/17
San Diego
California
11/24/17
Scottsdale
Arizona
12/1/17
Stamford
Connecticut
12/6/17
Salt Lake City
Utah
12/8/17
Wilmington
Delaware
12/22/17
Seattle
Washington
1/10/18
Cleveland
Ohio
1/28/18

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner - Jury Prize for Best Documentary, 2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

  • Winner - Audience Award, 2017 Miami Jewish Film Festival

  • Official Selection - 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival

  • True Stories Selection - 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • Winner - Audience Award, 2016 Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival

  • World Premiere - 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Reactions

NYT Critics’ Pick. “Remarkable. A fascinating mystery.” - Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times
Full Review 

“Gripping, Intimate...” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Full Review 

“Haunting. A fascinating portrait of a family that finds love after trauma. An unusual and moving story.” Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post
Full Review 

Spellbinding. A complex saga of secrets, lies and tearful reunions." - Martin Knelman, Toronto Star
Full Review 

Powerful." - Jeffrey Kluger, TIME Magazine
Full Review 


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