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Aida's Secrets(הסודות של איידה)

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Germany, Israel, Canada · 2016
1h 35m
Director Shaul Schwarz
Genre Documentary

Family secrets, lies, drama and generations of history unspool in this international documentary, beginning with World War II and concluding with a 21st-century family reunion. Izak was born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Secret details of his birth mother, an unknown brother in Canada and his father's true identity slowly emerge.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by

The debut doc is an ambitious attempt to get to the root of a tangled family tree, but the directors' close relationship to Izak (he's their uncle) means they sometimes pay so much attention to the genealogical minutiae that a viewer checks in and out to clear her head.


Arizona Republic by Bill Goodykoontz

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.

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