Aida's Secrets  הסודות של איידה

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Brywn Mawr, PA 19010

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:30 pm

Admission: General $13, Senior $10, Student $6

This documentary digs up the 70-year mystery of one Israeli gardener’s genealogy. Adopted out of a displaced person’s camp as a child, Izak partners with Yad Vashem (the global Holocaust remembrance organization), the genealogy group MyHeritage, and documentarians Alon and Shaul Schwartz, to track down his long-lost family members. Their detective work leads us to Quebec, where Izak’s 90-year-old mother, Aida – a survivor of Bergen-Belsen – now resides in a nursing home. But in spite of the warmth of a family reunion, they find that Aida is reluctant to divulge the truth about Izak’s family history. Why did Aida give him up? What was Izak’s father like? And how many siblings does Izak really have? Aida’s Secrets is a deeply moving documentary on the continuing reverberations of the Holocaust and the pain and power of memory.
Country: Israel
Release Date: 2016
Time: 90 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Historical
Language: Hebrew, English with English subtitles
Director: Alon Schwarz, Saul Schwarz
Topics: Family, Holocaust/World War II, Mother-Child Relationship
Won Audience Award, Nominated for Best Editing, DocAviv, Nominated for Audience Award, Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival