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Israel, Germany, United States / 2016 / 91 mins / Alon Schwarz / English, Hebrew
The lives of two families, one in Canada and the other in Israel begin to unwind and connect with each other in this highly charged universal story of hidden secrets and lies.
Izak and Shepsel were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel.Separated as babies, neither was told the other existed. An investigation into the mysterious history of their birth family leads to an amazing reunion of the two brothers and their elderly mother after more than six decades.
The film examines identity, resilience, compassion and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and Shep, finally meet in Canada, before heading to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. The film offers a rare glimpse into the displaced persons camps which were created in Germany after World War II, showing the vibrant and wild social life that flourished among the young survivors. A period has never been dealt with on the big screen before.
Audience 10 Best, at Hot Docs Toronto FF.
Audience Award at Tel Aviv's DocAviv
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