Aida's Secrets (2017)


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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.

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The camerawork and editing often leave something to be desired. Most of the time, this doesn't matter, because we are drawn into the mystery.

Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Aida's Secrets" starts out as a fairly straightforward documentary about reuniting two long-separated brothers, but directors Alon and Shaul Schwarz don't stop there.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One family's silences and lies unravel before our eyes in the gripping, intimate "Aida's Secrets."

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Aida's Secrets is not an incredibly artful doc...But the straight-ahead observation of this specific human story is powerfully emotional and affecting, particularly in the way it tracks the brothers' newfound relationship.

Mar 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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