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Aida's Secrets

Aida's Secrets

About the Film

Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Many years ago, Izak found and formed a relationship with his birth mother, but was always told that his father had died in the war. In 2013, everything he knew about his personal history changed when he tracked down his adoption files and uncovered that his father had been alive after the war and had reportedly divorced his mother. Seeking more answers, Izak located his birth certificate in Germany. He was shocked to discover another birth certificate—one of a brother he never knew existed. 

Filmmakers and brothers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for their Uncle Izak, uncovering timely questions of identity, resilience, compassion, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep—both almost 70-years-old—emotionally reunite in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Montreal to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. 

Director: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz

Reactions

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time

Awards & Festivals

  • World Premiere - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • Winner - Audience Award, Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Featuring

Izak Sagi
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: Canada, Israel
Languages: English, Hebrew
Running Time: 1h 30m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1

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Awards & Festivals

  • World Premiere - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • Winner - Audience Award, Tel Aviv's DocAviv International Film Festival

Reactions

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time
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