Aida's Secrets

95 Min • NR


Lark Theater Fri, Jun 1, 2018 3:00 PM
Lark Theater Mon, Jun 4, 2018 12:20 PM
Lark Theater Tue, Jun 5, 2018 6:40 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Jun 6, 2018 2:35 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2017
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alon Schwarz
Shaul Schwarz


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.

"Viewers will likely feel the urge to contact a genealogist after seeing Alon and Shaul Schwarz's fascinating and moving documentary about amazing revelations concerning their own family." - Hollywood Reporter

"The remarkable tale it tells - of a family split up and dispersed to different continents, and the detective work required to figure out what had happened - turns this documentary into a fascinating mystery of reshuffled identities." - New York Times