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Aida's Secrets

Aida's Secrets

About the Film

A web of family secrets unravels in this gripping documentary following a family fractured by war.
 
Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Decades ago, Izak found and formed a relationship with his birth mother, but was told that his father had died in the war. In 2013, everything he knew changed when he tracked down his adoption files and uncovered that his father was alive after the war and 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 Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of identity, resilience, compassion, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep—both almost 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

Reactions

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time

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
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: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated

Theaters

Los Angeles
California
10/27/17
New York
New York
10/27/17
Pasadena
California
11/3/17
Encino
California
11/3/17

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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

"Powerful." Jeffrey Kluger, Time

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