Little White Lie (2014)

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A personal documentary about family secrets and race. Lacey Schwartz grew up believing she was the product of two white Jewish parents only to find out at the age of eighteen that who she thought she was was a lie - her biological father is actually a black man her mother had a secret affair with. The film retells Lacey's story of growing up ashamed of how she looked, her discovery of her mother's lies to her and her father and Lacey's journey to confront a life-long legacy of family secrets and betrayal in order to come to terms with who she is.

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Schwartz's first-person narrative proves moving. But given that the film is barely an hour long, one can't help but feel that parts could have been developed more ...

Nov 26, 2014 | Full Review…

The film is a searing portrait of collective denial - a diagnosis from which Ms. Schwartz doesn't exempt herself.

Nov 24, 2014 | Full Review…

That story is interesting enough, though Schwartz uses it mainly as a pretext for navel-gazing.

Aug 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Fascinating so long as it focuses on Schwartz's history and the thorny issues of racial identity that accompany it.

Mar 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...as a journal of personal discovery, 'Little White Lie' is rich and complex, stippled with surprising revelations.

Nov 18, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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