• Aida’s Secrets

    Directed by Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
    Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada | 90 minutes | True Stories

  • Aida’s Secrets

    Directed by Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
    Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada | 90 minutes | True Stories

With all the twists and turns of a mystery novel, this powerful and moving documentary follows Izak Szewelwicz, born in 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp, on his quest to find out about the family he never knew.


January 9, 2017 5:15 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
January 10, 2017 11:30 AM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 11, 2017 1:00 PM Mary Pickford Theater Tickets not available

film synopsis

Born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp in 1945, Izak Szewelwicz was sent for adoption to Israel, where he grew up and raised a family. This moving and powerful documentary follows Izak on his lifelong quest to fill in the puzzle pieces of his family's history in the shadow of the Holocaust. The search leads to some startling revelations, such as the discovery that he had a brother, Shep, who was also given up for adoption and grew up in Canada. The brothers' remarkable, poignant reunion after six decades apart, may solve one mystery, but it opens the door on others. When the two go to see their birth mother, Aida, in a Quebec nursing home, the plot thickens, and the answers they seek may prove to be the deepest mystery of all.

"The Holocaust is still not the stuff of history... Our species has not remotely lost the capacity to commit that kind of atrocity again. Following just one thread in the human weave that was snapped the last time is a reminder of the cost of descending into the same madness again." Jeffrey Kluger, Time

Winner: Audience Award, Docaviv 

film details

Country: Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Producers: Alon Schwarz
Cinematographers: Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau, Uriel Sinai, Yonathan Weitzman
Editor: Halil Efrat
Music: Yaniv Fridel, Ofter Shabi, Alberto Shwartz
Screenwriter: Halil Efrat, Alon Shwarz
US Distributor: Music Box Films
Website: www.musicboxfilms.com/aida-s-secrets-movies-144.php

guests in attendance

Alon Schwarz – Director (January 9 & 10 only)

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